How microfinance investment can empower female entrepreneurs and contribute to closing the credit gap
BlueOrchard Chief Executive, Patrick Scheurle, explains why investing in women is important, not just to overcome inequality but also to build stronger economies and better quality of life for society as a whole: Despite considerable efforts over recent years, gender inequality is still a consistent
Have you ever wondered who the people behind BlueOrchard are? As part of our #BOFaces series, we are happy to introduce Michelle Carrasco, Office Manager in our Lima office. We have interviewed Michelle to better understand what drives her and why she enjoys working in the impact investing industry.
My name is Enkhtungalag, I live with my four children and husband in Darkhan City, Mongolia. After the textile factory where I was working went bankrupt, I took the opportunity to set up my own business creating all kinds of knitwear products. In the beginning I faced financial difficulties, particu
Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) launched its Women’s Livelihood Bond series in 2017 to help low-income women in Southeast Asia transition to sustainable livelihoods. Proceeds raised through the bond offering are invested in financial institutions and social enterprises supporting women. IIX rais
News release – Flagship BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund exceeds USD 2.4 billion and continues to deliver strong performance – BlueOrchard SDG Impact Bond Fund exceeds the USD 350 million investment mark in its first year – Expansion of prestigious Japan ASEAN Women Empowerment Fund t
The Asia-Pacific region has seen enormous economic growth in the last few decades, which has lifted hundreds of millions out of extreme poverty. According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), from 2002 to 2015 the region saw a fourfold decline from 1.11 billion people in extreme poverty to 264 mill
When talking about climate action, there is naturally a tendency to focus primarily on climate change mitigation. When faced with a potential disaster, the automatic response is to think about what can be done to stop it from happening. However, the current climate emergency also demands adaptation
L’été dernier, la grande firme de gestion d’actifs Schroders reprenait un fleuron de la finance durable suisse, la plus célèbre des sociétés d’impact investing, BlueOrchard. A 3,5 milliards de dollars, les encours de BlueOrchard ne représentent que 0,5% de ceux du géant britannique. Et
This initiative on overseas loans and investments aims to meet the significant demand for infrastructure development in the ASEAN region, while at the same time redressing economic inequality and realizing stable development. The initiative has three targeted fields: (1) quality infrastructure devel
Impact investing is an extension of socially responsible investing, which focuses on companies that promote ethical and socially responsible consciousness such as environmental sustainability, social justice, and corporate ethics. Impact investing goes a step further by actively seeking investments
“BlueOrchard focuses on the empowerment of female entrepreneurs through its microfinance investments. Closing the credit gap in just 15 countries in the ASEAN region by 2020 could result in a 12% increase in per capita income by 2030.” Read the full article here.
Patrick Scheurle of BlueOrchard – Scaling To Billions In Impact Investing Through Mircrofinance, Education And More
CEO Patrick Scheurle was a guest on the Spotify Podcast: Impact Leaders hosted by JP Dallmann. Listen to the full podcast here.
My name is Oybi Salimova from Tajikistan. I am a housewife and needlewoman as well as a mother of four children. My success story began in 2014, when I applied for a loan from FINCA Tajikistan in the amount 5,000 TJS for the first time. This loan radically turned my life around and brought a [&helli
Mr Qureshi, can you tell us about the insurance industry in Pakistan, and the history of Asia Insurance? Mr Qureshi: Asia Insurance Company Limited (“Asia”) is an insurance company, which offers a wide range of insurance products. It was established in 1979, commencing business in 1980, and is l
Philipp Müller, Head of Investment Solutions at BlueOrchard talks about the latest developments in the Emerging Markets and our outlook for the coming year.
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
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