Private debt investments are the foundation and core of BlueOrchard’s impact investing activities, generating substantial social impact through the creation of jobs and poverty reduction.
BlueOrchard funds currently provide debt financing to more than 180 financial institutions in over 50 emerging markets, covering Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia. We invest in institutions that share our values and that consider positive social and environmental impact essential to their mission. We carefully select our target markets and investees and employ a range of risk mitigation strategies with the goal of offering investors attractive, highly diversified and stable returns.
By providing access and opportunity, our investments directly help enable people in emerging and frontier markets to emerge from poverty and adapt their lives and businesses to the effects of climate change. Key areas addressed by our investments include financial inclusion, job creation, women empowerment, access to education and healthcare services, adaptation to climate change, and energy efficiency. We work to ensure that our investees share our values and pass those values on to their clients through the use of rigorous social performance assessment. Such assessments are an integral part of our investment process, allowing us to identify potential improvements and promote best practices among our investees. Our SPIRIT social performance assessment tool is at the forefront of industry standards.
Being the first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments worldwide, BlueOrchard has built an unparalleled track record and expertise in credit impact investments in frontier and emerging markets. Our local presence, network and longstanding global relationships give us unique insights and access to opportunities. Because we have been on the ground for longer than anyone in the field, we can best navigate the risks of investing in emerging markets and select the best opportunities to deliver financial return and social and environmental impact.