BlueOrchard Covid-19 Emerging & Frontier Markets MSME Support Fund

Providing Financial Institutions and MSMEs with crucial support funding in a time of crisis

The BlueOrchard Covid-19 Emerging & Frontier Markets MSME Support Fund is a support debt financing initiative intended to support micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in emerging and frontier markets in the context of widespread business disruptions and economic decline caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be achieved by providing microfinance institutions (MFIs) and financial institutions (FIs) at large with much-needed tailored liquidity support for their MSME portfolio companies, as well as further financing solutions during a subsequent period of recovery and growth.

The support financing provided by the Fund aims to protect vulnerable entrepreneurs and their households from the far-reaching social and economic impacts of the pandemic, preserving their livelihoods and preventing the reversal of progress towards worldwide objectives such as women’s empowerment, reduced inequalities, and poverty alleviation.

Find the SFDR Article 9 for this fund here.

Impact KPIs

Figures as of June 2021

MSMEs reached by MFIs in the portfolio
MSMEs reached by the fund
jobs maintained or created
rural clients
female clients
USD 997
median loan size

SDGs addressed by the Fund

SDG-01 SDG-05 SDG-08 SDG-10

Fund facts

  • Initiator

    BlueOrchard Finance Ltd

  • Investors

    Schroders Plc
    CDC Group Plc
    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
    U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
    BlueOrchard Finance Ltd
    FSD Africa
    IDB Invest
    Visa Foundation

  • Fund Size

    Target size of USD 350 million

  • Year of Inception

    Q4 2020

  • Technical Assistance Facility

    The donor is the Swiss Government, via the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO/DEZA)


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