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26/10/2020 | Covid-19
Insights from the investment team: From crisis management to growth

On a recent webinar, Sébastien Juhen, Lead Portfolio Manager for the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund (BOMF) and Matthew Sparkes, Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, shared an update on the current situation for microfinance investing in emerging markets. We also had the pleasure to welcome Arun N

29/09/2020 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Federica

Have you ever wondered who makes up the team behind BlueOrchard? This week, we had the opportunity to talk to Federica Gasparini, People & Development Manager since July 2019. As part of our #BOFaces series, we had the pleasure of learning more about Federica’s interests, hobbies, and passion

20/08/2020 | Covid-19
Insights from the investment team: Emerging Markets show resilience in uncertain times

On a recent webinar, Sébastien Juhen, Lead Portfolio Manager for the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund (BOMF), and Matthew Sparkes, Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, shared an update on the current situation for microfinance investing and their view on the current situation with the Covid-19 pand

07/08/2020 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Vakho

Have you ever wondered who the people behind BlueOrchard are? As part of our #BOFaces series, we are happy to introduce Vakho Nasaridze, Product Management Officer in BlueOrchard Luxembourg office. We have interviewed Vakho to better understand what drives him and why he enjoys working in the

25/06/2020 | Covid-19
Insights from the investment team: a cautious return to normality for the microfinance sector

On a recent webinar, Sébastien Juhen, Lead Portfolio Manager for the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund (BOMF), Matthew Sparkes, Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, and Normunds Mizis, Chief Credit Officer, shared an update on the current situation for microfinance investing and their cautious optim

11/06/2020 | Covid-19
BlueOrchard Expands its Technical Assistance Offering

Impact investors play a crucial role in responding to the Covid-19 through the provision of liquidity and response to urgent needs. A broad impact investment response to the pandemic will help build the resilience of microfinance institutions (MFIs) and contribute to the recovery process across the

09/06/2020 | Blog
Growing Impact: New Insights into the Practice of Impact Investing

BlueOrchard’s contribution to the International Financial Corporation 2020 report on impact investing, a case study on Operating Principle 5. Written by Maria Teresa Zappia, Valerie Harrington, and Kathryn Sutton. After almost 20 years of proven track record and growth, BlueOrchard is a living

09/06/2020 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Lado

Have you ever wondered who the people behind BlueOrchard are? As part of our #BOFaces series, we are happy to introduce Lado Jobava, Investment Associate at BlueOrchard in Georgia. We have interviewed Lado to better understand what drives him and why he enjoys working in the impact investing ind

27/05/2020 | Blog
Why pension funds should consider impact investing

BlueOrchard Chief Executive, Philipp Müller, explains why pension funds should consider impact investing and how it can meet their growing appetite for integrating sustainability into their portfolios. The current market environment poses significant challenges for institutional investors, particul

18/05/2020 | Covid-19
Blended Finance: Today and Tomorrow

BlueOrchard Chief Impact & Blended Finance Officer, Maria Teresa Zappia and Valerie Harrington, Associate Fund Manager, explain the state of blended finance, and the role it has to play in times of market turmoil.  Taking a ‘blended’ approach to development finance has been on the rise sinc

14/05/2020 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Nino

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

07/05/2020 | Covid-19
Insights from the investment team: The impact of Covid-19 for microfinance investing

On a recent webinar, Sebastien Juhen, Lead Portfolio Manager for the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund and Matthew Sparkes, Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, shared their views on the implications of the current Covid-19 pandemic for microfinance investing. They also discussed insights from the in

08/03/2020 | Videos
International Women’s Day: #EachforEqual

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual, so we asked some of our people what equality means to them and how they are helping to contribute to a more equal society. Thanks to Milka Maina, Martin Gahr, Njeri Ng’ang’a, Peter Fanconi, Nino Pataraia, L

25/02/2020 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Fabien

Have you ever wondered who the people behind BlueOrchard are? As part of our #BOFaces series, we are happy to introduce Fabien Pietroforte, Product Control Manager at BlueOrchard in Luxembourg. We have interviewed Fabien to better understand what drives him and why he enjoys working in the impact in

05/02/2020 | News
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

03/02/2020 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Michelle

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.

31/01/2020 | News
This is my story: Enkhtungalag Dugar

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

13/01/2020 | News
Why adaptation is as important as mitigation when it comes to climate action

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

28/12/2019 | News
This is my story

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

17/12/2019 | News
Interview with Asia Insurance’s CEO: Ihtsham Ul Haq Qureshi

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