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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 […]

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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

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29/05/2019 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Nurgeldy Oserbaevich Klushev and I live in the town of Lenger in South Kazakhstan. I am the proud owner of a farm where I breed horses. For several years, I had been thinking of expanding my activities, however, I lacked the necessary funds to go forward with my project.  In March 2013,

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09/05/2019 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Thibaud

Have you ever wondered who are the people behind BlueOrchard? As part of our #BOFaces series, we are happy to introduce Thibaud Ponchon member of our Private Equity team based in our Phnom Penh office. We have interviewed Thibaud to better understand what drives him and why he is passionate about im

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30/04/2019 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Maria Isabel Rico from Villa Nueva, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I am the proud owner of a small corner store where I sell many different products to local customers. I also run a room rental business to complement my revenues. A few years ago, I became aware that microfinance could help m

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23/04/2019 | News
My experience with the BlueOrchard Academy

The BlueOrchard Academy was established to share BlueOrchard’s unique expertise in the field of impact investing and to broaden the understanding of our efforts to reduce poverty around the world. The BlueOrchard Academy is an enabler for students, academic researchers and individuals who are eage

17/04/2019 | Blog
New Principles for Impact Investing- Interview with IFC’s Neil Gregory

The International Financial Corporation (IFC) is a Development Finance Institution (DFI) which invests in commercial products to end poverty and promote sustainable prosperity across the globe. In an attempt to advance the sustainable investing industry, the IFC has been developing a set of 9 Operat

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27/03/2019 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Mamadaliev Nematjon. I am 59 years old and I live with my family in Andijan, Uzbekistan. I am the proud owner of a footwear manufacturing company. At one point, I decided to improve my production process but for that, I needed to find additional working capital. Thanks to JSCB “Hamkorba

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07/03/2019 | News
BlueOrchard partners with the WorldBank’s IFC to promote industry best practices

Impact investing has been globally recognized as a way to mobilize public and private capital to address social and environmental challenges alongside achieving financial returns. It is a powerful tool to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. There is, however, a USD 2.5

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27/02/2019 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Candelaria Villena Sierra and I live in Lima, Peru. I am the owner of a “Jugeria” which is the place where people go to have breakfast and fruit juices in Peru. Last year, I took my first loan from the Microfinance Institution Financiera TFC to buy additional juicers in order to serve