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Japan ASEAN Women Empowerment Fund (JAWEF)

Female Empowerment
  • Empowering women in the ASEAN region
  • First gender lens strategy in that area
  • Fighting poverty, advancing inclusion

Fund documents

Our investment goals and strategy

Female entrepreneurs

We provide loans to microfinance institutions that help female entrepreneurs in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, empowering women in business.

Mobilising investors

With its blended finance structure, this fund leverages first-loss and mezzanine tranches to minimise risk and encourage institutional investors.

Stronger economies

Empowering women financially and socially not only benefits them and their immediate families and communities, but also leads to stronger economies in the long-term.

Fund characteristics

Fund inception 2016
Asset class Private debt (blended finance)
Status Closed
Liquidity Closed-end
NAV frequency Quarterly
Domicile and legal structure Luxembourg, SICAV-SIF
SFDR classification Article 9
External AIFM BlueOrchard Asset Management (Luxembourg) S.A.
Investment manager BlueOrchard Finance Ltd
Depositary Banque de Luxembourg S.A.
Administrator European Fund Administration S.A.
All investments involve risk. We note specifically that past performance is not an indication of future results.

SDGs addressed

Core SDGs

Aligned SDGs

Core SDGs: Core SDGs are those that address the impact intent and/or sustainability investment objective of a given fund.
Aligned SDGs: Aligned SDGs are those that the fund’s investees promote through responsible ESG management practices.

Impact KPIs

Figures as of 30 June 2022
MSMEs* supported by institutions in the portfolio
Employees in institutions in the portfolio
Female clients
Rural clients
of institutions with more than 75% of female clients
Median loan size
*Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)
SFDR-related disclosures (investor information - password protected)

SFDR Pre-contractual Disclosure

SFDR Website Disclosure (article 10)

SFDR Periodic Disclosure

Statement on Principal Adverse Impacts of Investment Decisions on Sustainability Factors


Business Development
General inquiries
Magnus Weikert
Senior Vice President Nordics
Business Development
EU inquiries
Thomas R. Henauer
Business Development Director, DACH region
Camille Loubignac
Vice President Business Development

Empowering women with microfinance

Sonata Finance’s efforts to include Indian women

Sonata Finance, an Indian microfinance institution, is an example of the success of BlueOrchard’s specific gender-lens investment work with JAWEF. A JAWEF investee since 2014, Sonata has been working to promote and efficiently deliver microfinance services to underserved and excluded women across India since its inception in 2005. Sonata strives to reduce poverty by providing group loans to women in remote rural areas, with a focus on income-generating loans.

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