Acumen and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Colombia announced today the first investment in a joint $4 million initiative aimed at generating rural economic growth in Colombia through private-sector investments. Called the Investing for Peace Fund, or Invirtiendo Para la Paz, the fund will direct capital and debt investments through Acumen into early-stage companies that demonstrate the capacity to have widespread impact on the , poor rural populations. The first investment of the initiative, in the amount of $1.15 million, will be made in Cacao de Colombia, a producer and marketer of premium chocolate and cocoa grains that sources cacao—the raw material for chocolate—from smallholder farmers affected by Colombia’s long history of armed conflict, drug trafficking and particularly high rates of poverty.