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

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

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

Candelaria Villena Sierra
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

This is my story
29/01/2019 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Daw Mya Mya Win and I am the owner of a farming business located in Pa TaukTan Village, Myanmar. I am both a hard-working farmer and a mother of three children who are still in primary school. On my two acres farm, I cultivate various seasonal fruits such as Pomelo, Lime, Jack […]

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19/12/2018 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Shakir Ilkhambayevich Mirzoev and I am from Bostandyk, Kazakhstan. Agriculture is my family business and I have been working in this field for several years. When I got married and moved out of my parent’s house, I wanted to start my own business. I decided to follow my father’s foots

21/11/2018 | Blog
#This is my story

My name is Moung Sokrat and I live in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In the past, my husband and I were selling rice both at the market and directly to people’s houses. This business allowed us to live and save some money. However, as we grew older, the job became harder. Hence, we decided to do […]

22/10/2018 | News
#This is my story

My name is José Luis Juarez Amado and I come from Mexico City. A few years ago, I started my own business of fixing sewing machines. At one point, I decided that I wanted to grow my business further and I applied for a group loan from Progresemos (Mexican MFI) which enabled me to buy […]

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