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11/12/2019 | Blog
On the Road to India

BlueOrchard regularly organises field trips to the countries that we invest in to provide insights into microfinance and impact investing for our investors. These trips offer participants an opportunity to experience our activities first hand, and often include meetings with micro-entrepreneurs, mic

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06/12/2019 | News
BlueOrchard 2019 Holiday Wishes

This year for the holidays BlueOrchard is making a donation on behalf of our clients and partners supporting the Tanzanian Kingdom Pre- and Primary School in Arusha. Because the school lacks sufficient classrooms for its 257 students, the donations will go towards building two fully equipped classro

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29/11/2019 | News
This is my story

My name is Bejaze Llausha. I am from Vushtrri but I live and work in Pristina, the capital city of Kosovo. I am a tailor by profession, and about two years ago, I decided to develop my own business. Due to lack of financial resources, I decided to take a loan. I applied in many […]

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27/11/2019 | News
Interview with Global Parametrics’ CEO: Hector Ibarra

Hector, what is GP’s story? Hector: GP has a unique business model designed to fill the massive gap for risk models and financial protection against disaster risks in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). GP aims to lead the market in providing access to sustainable risk transfer services b

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25/11/2019 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Rémi

Have you ever wondered who the people behind BlueOrchard are? As part of our #BOFaces series, we are happy to introduce Rémi Filippi, Senior Investment Officer in our Nairobi office. We have interviewed Rémi to better understand what drives him and why he enjoys working in the impact investing in

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31/10/2019 | News
Interview with Inclusive Guarantee’s CEO: Vance Abissa

  Vance, what is Inclusive Guarantee’s story? Vance: Inclusive Guarantee was established in France in 2007 as an insurance broker and consultant specialized in micro-insurance and inclusive social protection in West Africa. We opened local subsidiaries in Senegal in 2011 and in Mali, Burkina

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31/10/2019 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Tsira

Have you ever wondered who the people behind BlueOrchard are? As part of our #BOFaces series, we are happy to introduce Tsira Zhorzholiani, Team Leader Operations at our Tbilisi office. We have interviewed Tsira to better understand what drives him and why she enjoys working in the impact investing

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31/10/2019 | News
#This is my story

My name is Absator Alimov. I am 48 years old and live with my beloved family in the countryside of Vakhsh in the district of Tajikistan. As my ancestors were before me, I am also engaged in agriculture, namely crop production, animal farming and beekeeping. These are the main sources of income for m

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10/10/2019 | Blog
On the Road to Georgia

BlueOrchard regularly organizes field trips to provide investors with a better understanding of the impact investing sector as well as the microfinance value chain. The field trips offer participants first-hand insights to BlueOrchard’s activities. Meeting and discussing with micro-entrepreneurs,

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30/09/2019 | News
Interview with Skymet’s MD and Founder: Jatin Singh

Jatin, what is Skymet’s story? Jatin: Every year, unpredictable or irregular weather events in India cause unprecedented losses of capital and production, resulting in, for example, inflation in food prices. This is where Skymet comes in. We help farmers and vulnerable agricultural communities in

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28/09/2019 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Gustavo

Have you ever wondered who the people behind BlueOrchard are? As part of our #BOFaces series, we are happy to introduce Gustavo Jesus Muchotrigo Lugo,Head of Analytics/ Latin America at our Lima office. We have interviewed Gustavo to better understand what drives him and why he enjoys working in th

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27/09/2019 | News
#This is my story

My name is Munavvara Chillaeva. I live in Dushanbe city in the Republic of Tajikistan. For generations the women in my family have been practicing the craft of embroidery with gold threads. My love for it comes from early childhood memories, when I spent hours watching my grandmother and aunts creat

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23/08/2019 | Blog
Interview with REGIC’s MD: Benjamin Agili

Benjamin, what is REGIC’s story? Benjamin: Royal Exchange General Insurance Company Limited (REGIC) is a subsidiary of Royal Exchange Plc, which was established in 1918 and is Nigeria’s first insurance company. Our mission is to attain leadership in the financial sector and provide the highest q

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15/08/2019 | Eastern Europe & Caucasus
#This is my story

My name is Umirzoqov Utkirbek. I am 38 years old and I live with my lovely family in the city of Andijan. In order to expand my business I needed additional working capital. Fortunately, JSCB Hamkorbank (Uzbekistani MFI) agreed to provide me with a loan for the purchase of polystyrene pipes and sani

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08/08/2019 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Anali

Have you ever wondered who the people behind BlueOrchard are? As part of our #BOFaces series, we are happy to introduce Anali Oda, Investment Officer at our Lima office. We have interviewed Anali to better understand what drives her and why she enjoys working in the impact investing industry. A

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16/07/2019 | Blog
Interview with the CEO of Agritask: Ofir Ardon

Ofir, what is the Agritask story? Ofir: Agriculture is one of the most important industries in the world and yet it is among the slowest to adopt new technologies. There is a significant adoption barrier as farmers often have a strong preference for their existing work methods and, with new technolo

02/07/2019 | Blog
On the increasing role of impact reporting for microfinance institutions – Interview with Mr. Sovan Satyaprakash, Head of Strategy at Aye Finance

Aye Finance, a NBFC, lending to micro and small enterprises in India, is an investee in the BlueOrchard managed Microfinance Initiative for Asia (MIFA) Debt-Fund. MIFA has a dedicated Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) to support local financial institutions, offering capacity building in the form

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28/06/2019 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Rosa Leticia Ramirez and I am a micro entrepreneur from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I own a small kiosk, where I sell chewing gum and sweets. I have been a Banco Popular customer for more than five years, starting with a loan of HNL 5’000 (USD 210) which I used to expand the range […]

Sustainable Infrastructure
25/06/2019 | Blog
Sustainable Infrastructure – Questions to Gianfranco Saladino

Climate change is one of the major issues of our time as it threatens the future of our planet. To mitigate the negative effects of climate change and foster sustainable development around the world, concrete actions need to be taken now. One critical area in which it is key to act urgently is

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20/06/2019 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Ebony

Have you ever wondered who are the people behind BlueOrchard? As part of our #BOFaces series, we are happy to introduce Ebony Satti, our Head of Investor Relations, who joined BlueOrchard over five years ago in our Zurich office. We have interviewed Ebony to better understand what drives her and