“One arrow may be broken easily, but not three arrows united as one”

MOTONARI MORI (Japanese warrior from the 16th century)

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Our services

We are a specialized advisory firm focused on impact investing and social innovation

We tailor our solutions to your unique needs and interest. Tackling a social challenge – as an investor or an entrepreneur – is often complex and requires a multi-pronged approach.

Strategic advisory & implementation

We advise investors, corporates, non-profit organisations, and family offices in developing your impact investing strategies.

We have an in-depth experience interfacing at senior levels, while at the same time supporting and up-skilling junior members of your organisation.

If you are a first time impact investor, we can also help you implement your strategy by training the team and co-creating the necessary infrastructure for you.

Sourcing, due diligence, structuring investment transactions

We help you invest in the most innovative and high-impact entrepreneurs. By tapping into our network, we are able to source high impact social enterprises, conduct due diligence, and structure transactions based on your individual needs and interests.

Social enterprises and start-up support

We assist enterprises with their strategy, financials, and business model to get “investor ready.” Accessing funding is a challenge for many entrepreneurs, and we want to make sure that you are best prepared to interact with potential investors and grant funders.

Do you require additional services or have questions? Please contact us!

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Founder & Partner

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Sawa is the Founder and Partner of ThreeArrows Impact Partner. She has over 15 years of financial services experience across impact investing, general management, investment banking, and strategy. Throughout her career, she has worked across Africa, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and the U.S.

Until February 2018, Sawa served as Chief Executive Officer of EInvestments (Pty) Ltd, an impact investment company with a mission to attack poverty and create jobs in South Africa. E2 is an empowerment partner to Allan Gray (Pty) Ltd, South Africa’s largest privately held investment management company. Prior to E2, Sawa worked for Barclays Africa Group’s Equity Investments and Special Projects team in Johannesburg. Before moving to South Africa, Sawa worked for the International Finance Corporation in the Health & Education Department where she invested in private hospitals, clinics, schools and universities in developing countries in a financially, socially and environmentally sustainable manner. Sawa started her career in finance at UBS Investment Bank.

Sawa has extensive experience as a board and committee member. Currently she serves on the Board of Spartan SME Finance, a non-banking financial institution that lends exclusively to SMEs and entrepreneurs in South Africa. Sawa also serves on the Board Investment Committee of the National Empowerment Fund, a South African government agency that invests in entrepreneurs from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. Until February 2018, she served on the board of Allan Gray Orbis Foundation.

Sawa holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (Finance & Social Enterprise) and a Masters in International Affairs (Economic & Political Development) from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. She is a CFA Charterholder. Sawa is a US-Japan Leadership Program (USLJP) delegate.

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Current and past clients 

Client Testimonials

“I worked with Ms. Nakagawa to review and assess an information memorandum of our potential investment target at a pre-DD stage.  Her work was thorough and very comprehensive, based on her substantial and practical experience with impact investments. She raised pertinent issues, which she could not have done without managerial experience with an impact investment company.  I recommend her strongly for matters related to impact investment.”  

Takuro Kimura, Former Senior Advisor, Innovation Corporation Network of Japan (INCJ)

“We contracted Sawa to help us with a highly strategic project for Tshikululu. It was an absolute pleasure working with her. She is the exact kind of consultant that we love working with – reliable, delivery-oriented (always on time, regardless of time pressures), thoughtful and value-adding. She is a deeply strategic thinker that helped us work through the project effectively. The end product was exactly what we were looking for, and we hope to continue working with her going forward.”

Adam Boros, Head of Social Impact, Tshikululu Social Investments

Sawa from ThreeArrows Impact Partner was fabulous to work with and came highly recommended. She was punctual, deadline oriented, knowledgeable and consultative through all steps in the process. We have a great foundation from which to build further as we scale.”

Stacey Brewer, Co-founder & CEO, SPARK Schools

We hired ThreeArrows to help us with fundraising. As an early stage start-up, we really appreciated the deep knowledge and understanding about fundraising and equity investments that Sawa brought to the team. She guided us through the process in a structured and efficient way. She also made savvy and thoughtful recommendations. The overall experience of working with ThreeArrows resulted in tangible real value to our company.”


We contracted Sawa to help us formalise and improve our investment processes in our fund for social enterprises, Simanye Trust. Sawa was extremely efficient and knowledgeable and it is very clear she has vast impact investing experience. She helped us put together a range of policy and mandate documents and helped us tailor these in ways that made sense for us. Given that what we do a is a little different, we also found Sawa to be adaptable and flexible. She is a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with. We would highly recommend her services!”

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