The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is an international network of over 150 organizations that support an important subset of firms in developing countries – Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs), defined as growth-oriented firms employing between 5 and 250 people, and seeking between $20,000 and $2 million in investment capital.
This working paper summarizes the existing literature on the following questions and charts an agenda for ANDE to facilitate and fund future research on this topic: What kinds of firms employ or engage poor and low income people? Will these firms help people out of poverty? Specifically: 1) What are the financial and non-financial impacts (health, family welfare, spillover effects on the community) of these jobs, compared to the alternative sources of employment available to the poor? 2) What are the impacts of the products and services provided by these firms, compared to alternative sources available to the poor?
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