Japan ASEAN Women Empowerment Fund

Fighting poverty and striving for women empowerment

The Japan ASEAN Women Empowerment Fund “JAWEF” is the first fund investing with female micro entrepreneurs in the South East Asia frontier and emerging markets.

Still today women are not given equal opportunity and in some countries remain excluded from the work force and entrepreneurship. Equality means business. Empowering women economically and socially is proven to lead to:

– Stronger economies

– Better achievement of internationally set goals for development as well as sustainability

– Improvement of quality of life not only for women, but entire families, communities and ultimately society at large


Please find the SFDR Article 9 for this fund here.

Impact KPIs

Figures as of June 2021

microentrepreneurs reached by MFIs in the portfolio
employees in MFIs in the portfolio
rural clients
female clients
MFIs with more than 75% of female clients
USD 297
median loan across MFIs

SDGs addressed by the Fund

SDG-01 SDG-05 SDG-08 SDG-10 SDG-§7

Fund Facts

  • Initiators

    Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Sumitomo Life and other Japanese institutional investors

  • Year of inception


  • Fund Size

    USD 241 million


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