Andes Impact Partners (AIP), a newly formed spin-off from Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), is building on its over 12-year experience providing long-term mezzanine capital and Business Advisory Services to impactful businesses in Latin America. In addition to managing its own impact investing funds, AIP continues to supervise GBF's portfolio companies in the region.
We aim to support gender equitable inclusive businesses which generate substantial, measurable, and scalable social impact (incomes, or cost savings) for under-served communities in Latin America, helping to improve their quality of life.
The team is comprised of experienced professionals who have over 60 years of combined experience managing investments and providing business advisory critical to the success of inclusive businesses. The team is consolidated, having worked together for al least 5 years
Detailed TEAM BIOs
Julio Ayca, Managing Partner in charge of Portfolio Management. Previously, Portfolio Manager for Grassroots Business Fund (GBF) Latin America. Julio has 15 years of experience investing in and scaling SMEs in Latin America. Prior to GBF, Julio worked as a Senior Investment Officer at CASEIF, a venture capital fund in Central America. Julio holds a BA in Industrial Engineering from University of Lima and an MBA from INCAE Business School, where after graduating, he worked as a researcher and has written more than 35 documents, including case studies, technical notes, and papers about functional areas such as Finance, Operations, Strategy, Marketing, and Organization
Natasha Barantseva, Managing Partner in charge of Business Development. She has 15 years of experience in SME and impact investing. Previously Regional Director for Latin America at Grassroots Business Fund (GBF) Latin America, Natasha was a founding member of GBF and she was involved in the structuring of GBI-I. She launched GBF Latin America in 2012. Prior to GBF, Natasha worked as Transaction Leader at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Natasha earned her BA in economics with a specialization in management and marketing at the International University in Moscow, Russia, where she graduated magna cum laude. She also holds an MA in liberal arts with a concentration in Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.