My name is Ardjan Bashaj and I live in Prush, Albania. A few years ago, I have decided to dedicate myself to my greatest passion, farming. Despite my strong motivation and Albania’s favourable climate for farming, I was lacking the funds to grow my business further. In April 2015, I approached NOA
On January 29, 2018 the OECD held a conference in Paris on “Private Finance for Sustainable Development”, highlighting the important role private finance plays in achieving the goals set in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The conference brought together leadi
My name is Abdylgazieva Kanyshai, I live in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and I produce dresses and headgears with traditional Kyrgyz patterns. Sewing the Kyrgyz national headgear, the so called Kalpako, used to be just a hobby of mine. But after the collapse of the Soviet Union my husband and I tried to sta
BlueOrchard regularly hosts field trips providing insights in the sector of impact investing. The objective is to get first-hand information and meet local governmental institutions, partners as well as borrowers. The last BlueOrchard trip was hosted in Myanmar, during four days in November. Myanmar
My name is Maria del Rocio Gonzalez and I live in Mexico City. I own a store for vegetables and poultry. By the time I got my first loan from Finlabor, I used to sell products in the market without a permanent location, with a mobile kiosk and only for few days a week. After […]
My name is Ruben Flores Chavarria and I live in Lima, Peru. I run a business for automotive spare parts. I have got two loans from Financiera TFC, with which I have been able to invest in my business. For the future, I plan on taking additional loans from FTC in order to further expand […]
My name is Ly Sidet and I am 43 years old. I live with my wife and my three children in Cheung Prey district Kampong Cham province in Cambodia. I run a small business for repairing and selling spare parts of machines, tile and brick. I have had plans to expand my business for a […]
My name is Ayurzana Yondonbizya and I live with my family in the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, Uliastai area. My business produces felt roofs and surroundings of lattice from wool for Mongolian portable nomadic round tents (gers). I started production in 2005 as a family business with my husband and now
The underlying premise of the fund is that insurance providers, and insurance-related initiatives, can play a critical role in mitigating the financial impacts of adverse climate events on poor and vulnerable populations.
I am Gerardo Diaz de Leon and I live in Mexico City. I have a kiosk, in which I sell tacos, and I run a mechanic service for automobiles. With my first loan from FinLabor (Mexican microfinance institution) I leased a mobile kiosk named “Tacos Don Ruly”. I invested my second loan for USD 2.500 [&
BlueOrchard regularly hosts field trips providing insights in the sector of impact investing. The objective is to get first-hand information and meet local governmental institutions and partners as well as borrowers. The most recent BlueOrchard trip was to Sri Lanka, 4-7 June 2017. Over the course o
I am Bekbaeva Zamzegul Naurizbaevna and I live in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan. The first time I heard of microfinance loans I used to run a small booth near my house selling consumer products. When I learned about the opportunities KMF (the largest microfinance institution in Kazakhstan) offered, I quic
My name is Blanca Estela de la Sancha Delgado and I sell hamburgers in Mexico City. A few years ago, I tried to seek greener pastures abroad and migrated to another country. However, the plan did not pay off and I was forced to return to Mexico. On my arrival in Mexico City I struggled […]
“My name is Giorgi and I run a grocery store. Before, I used to work for a large candy distributor, but at some point I decided to try my luck and go into business for myself. So I took up a microloan from FINCA and opened my own grocery store specialising in coffee and candies. […]
“My name is Idalia del Carmen Mayorga Ruiz, I am 39 years old and my husband and I have four children. I am the owner of “El Shadday” food and delights. I started in the microcredit program – village banks – because of a neighbour. At that time, I had a small bus to drive […]
#This is my story: “My name is Phom Chanthou and I took out my first microloan in 2005 by joining a group loan of the Amrep Bank. The reason was that local moneylenders had too high interest rates. With the amount of money I borrowed I was able to start a small business by myself […]
#This is my story: “My name is Zurab and a few years ago I moved with my family from the Georgian countryside to the Capital, Tbilisi. I was seeking a better life and more opportunities. Together with my wife Nino I opened a grocery store near the central market.
#This is my story: “My name is Flor de Maria Higueros, I am 28 years old and I live in Totonicapán, Guatemala. I am engaged in the embroidery of blouses and huipiles (traditional garments).
#This is my story: "my name is Milovan Bosančić, and I started working on my father’s farm straight out of primary school. We had no machinery back then, just horses, 2 cows and 1 sow. As a young man, I bought 30 dunams (3 hectares) of land. At that time I did not use loans.
#This is my story: “my name is Keo Serei and I run a grocery store in Phsar Trach, Cambodia. I’ve never been very confident about the microfinance industry. I was scared it would cause over-indebtedness. However, my husband saw a big opportunity in getting a loan and took up his first loan