Venture: Friendship Bench

Investment: $2M grant

Portfolio: Scaling Capital

Investment date: May 2023

Region(s) served: Africa

Sector: Healthcare

Core Impact Metric: % of clients no longer at risk of depression and suicidal ideation

Community-based approach to tackling mental health

Friendship Bench makes evidence-based care for common mental disorders widely accessible to all those who need it by training community health workers to promote, identify and care for those affected by the burden of mental illness.

Why Rippleworks Invested:

Friendship Bench developed an evidence-based, community-driven, culturally appropriate, and scalable solution to address mental health needs in Zimbabwe. This model has the potential to be scaled within the region and globally at a time when mental health needs are rising.