20 Year BOMF
18/09/2018 | Blog
BOMF, 20 Years of Reducing Poverty in Emerging Markets

“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.” Nelson Mandela Since 1990, extreme poverty rates have been cut in half on a global scale. Despite these tremendous achievements over 800 million people still

august 2018
23/08/2018 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Julissa Rojas Flores and I am an entrepreneur selling cardboard products in Lima, Peru. Recently, I have obtained a loan from Cooperativa Pacifico (Peruvian MFI), which will allow me to grow my business. With it, I am planning to purchase machinery from abroad to accelerate my production

This is my story
16/07/2018 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Jose Elías Suazo Romero and I come from Yoro, Honduras. Over the last three years, I have received five different loans from Credisol (Honduran microfinance institution), which allowed me to expand my coffee plantation from 30’000 square yards to 280’000 square yards. I currently sel

25/06/2018 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Baji Hina and I come from Pakistan. A few years ago, my household’s financial condition was precarious, as my husband was unfortunately not able to secure a fixed employment contract. I wanted to contribute to improving my family’s situation, that is why I decided to start my own busi

Pinata lady
29/05/2018 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Maria Galacia, I am 42 years old and I live in La Esperanza, Quetzaltenango. I own a party supplies store for kids. In 2009, I started to participate in FUNDAP as a member of the village bank “Mujeres de la Esperanza”, where I had the opportunity to have access to loans to [&h

Hun Hem - This is my story 2
26/04/2018 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Hun Hem and I live in the Kampong Cham province in Cambodia. My wife and I have four lovely children and we provide for them by working in agriculture, but our income as farmers is highly dependent on environmental factors. A few years ago, I obtained a two-year seasonal loan of USD [&hel

Breakfast Event march 2018
29/03/2018 | Blog
Fighting Inequality – How Impact Investing can contribute to closing the gap between the rich and the poor

A recap of our latest Breakfast Events

29/03/2018 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Guillermina Corona Contreras and I come from Mexico City. A few years ago, I inherited my mother’s artisanal tortillas business, as her poor health condition did not allow her to continue to run it on her own. With three children and a mother to take care off, I needed some external hel

05/03/2018 | Blog
A Latin American Success Story: the Microfinance Growth Fund

A decade ago, Latin American countries were struggling to recover from the aftermaths of the 2008 global financial crisis. They were facing liquidity constraints, a decline in cross-border trade, a decrease in commodity prices, a decline in foreign direct investments, and a downturn in demand and ca

Ardjan Bashaj
21/02/2018 | Blog
#This is my story

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

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19/02/2018 | Blog
When Blended Finance meets Impact Investing – OECD showcases BlueOrchard managed MIFA-Fund

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

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19/01/2018 | Blog
#This is my story

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

21/12/2017 | Blog
On the road to Myanmar – Field trip

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

20/12/2017 | Blog
#This is my story

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 […]

Ruben Flores Chavarria
23/11/2017 | Blog
#This is my story

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 […]

20/10/2017 | Blog
#This is my story

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 […]

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22/09/2017 | Blog
#This is my story

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

Climate change presents increasing threat to food security globally
15/09/2017 | Blog
The InsuResilience Investment Fund (IIF)

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.

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21/08/2017 | Blog
#This is my story

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 [&

20/07/2017 | Blog
On the road to Sri Lanka – field trip

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