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1to4 Foundation GiftVest


Switzerland

GiftVest Club is a unique approach which turns donations into seed capital for base of pyramid social businesses, whilst introducing GiftVest Club members to the exciting world of impact investing. The initial investment is then recovered and re-used to fund new exciting projects across dozens of developing countries.

Type: Foundation Geography: Global Impact: Access to Financial Services

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ACCION Texas


United States

We are a multi-state nonprofit microfinance company and small business lender that helps new and existing entrepreneurs successfully grow their businesses. We lend in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

Type: Geography: United States of America Impact:

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Arman Financial


ARMAN FINANCIAL SERVICES LIMITED was originally incorporated on 26th November, 1992 as an earstwhile Arman Lease & Finance Ltd. The company is a public limited listed company. It issued 28,00,000 Equity shares of Rs. 10 each on 21st August, 1995 aggregating to Rs 280 lacs after receiving an overwhelming response from the public for its public issue which was oversubscribed by 7 times in the category of small investor and more than 22 times in case of applicants with application of more than 1000 shares. The main objects of the company consist of providing a wide spectrum of financial services both Fund based and Non Fund Based activities which includes term loans, collateral free credit, other forms of credits, thrift and savings and insurance. Arman also plans to render financial services to people by acting as intermediary for banks and financial institutions in the cities, towns, villages of India.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: India Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Bamboo Finance


Colombia

Bamboo Finance is a commercial investment firm managing 250M USD representing a unique portfolio of direct investments around the world with offices in Luxembourg, Geneva, Bogota, San Francisco,and Singapore. Bamboo specializes in the financing of entrepreneurship globally. They use a market-oriented approach to deliver social value environmental value and financial returns to investors.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Asia Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Banco D-MIRO


Ecuador

D-MIRO began in 1997 when Mission Alliance , concerned about the overall development of the most vulnerable, they considered having a financial arm and decided to create the Microfinance Program D-MIRO, and end of year 2006, the Foundation for Microenterprise Development D-MIRO Ecuador Mission Alliance. Displaying the positive results achieved in the quality of life of the families that supported, D-MIRO decides to transform into a bank, and began operations on July 18, 2011, opening the doors to the public in fourteen offices located in nine coastal cities and five provinces of Ecuador. Mission Alliance, majority shareholder creates AS Microfinance Alliance (AMAS) , a Norwegian company specializing in the management of microfinance institutions, which manages Banco D-MIRO SA. They are present in the most excluded and geographic areas with the greatest needs. They include a special emphasis on population groups that are not traditionally target market of traditional banks. They are an institution with a social vision. The Banco D-MIRO is served by highly qualified staff.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Americas Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Bank of America Capital Access Funds Management


United States of America

BAML Capital Access Funds is an experienced market-based, returns-driven private equity fund of funds manager and advisor focused on meeting the targeted mandates of large public pension funds, endowments and other institutional investors. BAML Capital Access Funds has managed and advised on over $1.5* billion of capital for institutional investors across multiple, customized mandates since 2002.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Europe Impact: Access to Financial Services

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BlueOrchard


Switzerland

BlueOrchard empowers the poor worldwide and improves their quality of life by enabling them to participate in income-generating activities. BlueOrchard achieves this by developing and managing innovative and attractive financial products and services that invest in microfinance institutions who support millions of promising small enterprises in low-income regions worldwide.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Europe Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Business Partners Limited


South Africa

Business Partners Limited is a specialist risk finance company for formal small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa and selected African countries. The company structures unique, individualised financing solutions. A range of financing models have been developed to offer entrepreneurs maximum flexibility to suit their needs.

Type: Fund Manager Geography: South Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Calvert Foundation


United States of America

Calvert Foundation shows what is possible in high-impact investing by connecting capital from everyday individuals to under-resourced communities. Since 1995, more than 13,500 Calvert Foundation investors have invested roughly $800 million through their Community Investment Note, facilitating the creation of thousands of jobs, classroom seats, affordable homes, and critical services in the U.S. and around the world.

Type: Foundation Geography: Africa Impact:

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Catholic Relief Services


United States of America

Catholic Relief Services is a pro-life organization dedicated to preserving the sacredness and dignity of human life from conception to natural death. Catholic Relief Services is a manifestation of love for our brothers and sisters around the globe by the Catholic community of the United States. They protect, defend and advance human life around the world by directly meeting basic needs and advocating solutions to injustice.

Type: Foundation Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Centenary Rural Development Bank Ltd.


Uganda

Centenary Rural Development Bank Ltd started as an initiative of the Uganda National Lay Apostolate in 1983 as a credit Trust and it begun operations in 1985 with the main objective of serving the rural poor and contributing to the overall economic development of the country. In 1993, Centenary Rural Development Bank Ltd was registered as a full service commercial Bank. Today they are a leading Micro-finance Commercial Bank in Uganda serving over 1,300,000 customers. Their services can be accessed across our 62 full service branches and 146 ATMs networked countrywide.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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CFI at Accion


United States of America

The Center connects the microfinance community with the major drivers of the global economy and harnesses their capabilities to address the financial needs of poor people.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: United States of America Impact:

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Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)


CGAP develops innovative solutions for financial inclusion through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders. Established in 1995 and housed at the World Bank, CGAP combines a pragmatic approach to market development with an evidence-based advocacy platform to advance poor people’s access to finance.

Type: Accelerator/Incubator Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Cooperative Fund of New England


CFNE advances community based, cooperative and democratically owned or managed enterprises with preference to those that serve low income communities through: · provision of prompt financial assistance at reasonable rates · provision of an investment opportunity that promotes socially conscious enterprise; and · development of a regional reservoir of business skills with which to assist these groups.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Northern America Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Core Innovation Capital


United States of America

Core Innovation Capital invests in the most innovative companies serving underbanked consumers in America. They are passionate about financial services that meaningfully improve the lives of underserved people. They focus on early growth-stage for-profit companies whose management shares their vision that scalable, technology-driven solutions focused on delivering the highest value to underbanked people can create great businesses and strengthen the American middle class.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Global Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Craft3


United States

Craft3 is a certified nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) established in 1994 to support economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities. Craft3 lends capital and provides expertise to people who do not normally have access to financing. It is a regional institution that supports long-term, place-based strategies that link rural and urban communities in the region. Craft3 manages over $166 million in total assets available for investing in high-impact initiatives. Craft3 is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors representing the communities and people it serves and 49 staff members deliver expert services from offices in Astoria, Portland, OR and Ilwaco, Port Angeles/Port Townsend and Seattle, WA. Over the next 5 years it will expand to another 3-5 offices throughout Oregon and Washington.

Type: Accelerator/Incubator Geography: Northern America Impact: Access to Clean Water and Sanitation

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Developing World Markets


United States of America

DWM primarily invests in inclusive financial institutions (IFINs), including microfinance institutions (MFIs), small and medium enterprise (SME) lenders, affordable housing and education lenders, and mobile banking service providers. In many developing countries around the world, poor and low-income people frequently lack financial products and services such as credit, insurance and pensions that could provide security, predictability and economic growth for their households. IFINs aim to address these social needs, helping people escape poverty while contributing to economic development.

Type: Accelerator/Incubator Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Education

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Elevar Equity


India

Elevar Equity a human centered venture capital firm invests in transformative and scalable entrepreneurial ventures focused on underserved customers in low income communities. The Elevar Method of investing has democratized essential services for over 20 million underserved customers and catalyzed billions of dollars of capital into 25 companies in India and Latin America. Elevar is the founding or first institutional capital in several companies focused on financial services agriculture education healthcare and housing. An entrepreneurial emerging markets team based in India Colombia and the US Elevar is widely recognized as a leader in impact investing.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Asia Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Emprender


Bolivia (Plurinational State o

EMPRENDER began operations on February 15th, 1999 with a pilot agency in Chasquipampa area located 35 km. the city center of La Paz, in order to develop a coherent operational strategy, suitable for microentrepreneurs, with customer focus approach in remote areas, considering the physical presence of their clients with a suitable model for care agencies in suburban and rural areas. Since 2000, this experience is replicated in the cities of El Alto, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. They currently operate in a network of fifteen agencies, five in La Paz city, three in El Alto, four agencies in Santa Cruz and three agencies in the department of Cochabamba. On September 22th, 2009, the Supervisory Authority of the Financial System (ASFI), as part of the process of adaptation, grants to EMPRENDER the certificate of suitability as a Development Financial Institution.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Enclude


United States of America

Enclude provide integrated capacity and capital services that help clients and partners design, connect, finance, and build solutions that generate business results and positive social and environmental outcomes. Enclude's advisory services accelerate sustainable growth in emerging economies, deliver meaningful returns and strengthen businesses, institutions and the entrepreneurs, enterprises and communities they serve. Enclude’s committed professionals work in five registered offices (Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom, Pakistan, India) and in project locations across the world, including Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia.

Type: Fund of Funds Geography: Global Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Etimos Foundation


Italy

Etimos Onlus Foundation is a foundation of participation. It deals with finance and social economy, in Italy and abroad: a commitment that translates into a wide-ranging discussion on the mechanisms that generate wealth and poverty, the economy and recognizing to finance a decisive role in determining social redemption, quality of life and happiness for the people and their communities.

Type: Foundation Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP)


Luxembourg

The European Microfinance Platform [e-MFP] was founded formally in 2006. They are a growing network of over 120 organisations and individuals active in the area of microfinance. Their principal objective is to promote co-operation amongst European microfinance bodies working in developing countries, by facilitating communication and the exchange of information. We are a multi-stakeholder organisation representative of the European microfinance community. e-MFP members include banks, financial institutions, government agencies, NGOs, consultancy firms, researchers and universities.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Global Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Finsol


The Finsol is a Microfinance Institution (MFI) that operates with the Productive Microcredit. Its goal is to promote the economic development of small entrepreneurs, offering financial products in a fast and without bureaucracy. It is a non-governmental organization qualified as OSCIP (Civil Society Organization of Public Interest) that integrates the group of companies Financial Independence, Mexican financial institution specialized in microfinance market. In Brazil, it is present in more than four hundred cities in five northeastern states:Pernambuco, Ceará, Alagoas, Piauí and Maranhão, with its own branches andknowledgeable staff to provide personalized service and qualified clients.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Brazil Impact: Access to Financial Services

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FONDESURCO


For over 20 years, Fondesurco has been working hand in hand with the neediest of the rural sector in the south, giving them the opportunity to grow through access to financial services that allow them to improve their quality of life. FONDESURCO is the leading NGO in rural credit for developing the sector. Today, they announce that FONDESURCO is renewed and takes a step forward, renewing its commitment to continue reaching out to people of fewer economic resources and maintaining leadership in the implementation of financial inclusion throughout the south, as it did since its inception in 1994, leading microcredit to those areas where previously no one dared to attend. This transformation is taken with great responsibility for each of the partners FONDESURCO, since they know that from this moment they can serve more customers from a wider range of financial services that enable them to progress. Thus today, as Cooperative FONDESURCO reaffirm their commitment to continue growing together with their customers.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Americas Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Fundación Alternativa


Fundación Alternativa is a small, but growing microfinance institution (MFI) in Ecuador that offers working capital loans and education in order to improve incomes and quality of life for their clients. The organization works in urban, semi-urban and rural areas offering mainly individual loans to micro and small entrepreneurs. The organization is also committed to reaching even more marginalized groups through their solidarity group lending products that target women and their “Hope” credit product that serves families living with disabilities. In addition to providing access to financial services, Fundación Alternativa is committed to finding education solutions that address their clients’ economic needs. In turn the organization has invested in client feedback studies and specialized personnel to help develop and implement a revised education strategy.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Ecuador Impact: Access to Education

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Fundación Amanecer


Colombia

Fundación Amanecer is a small, but growing microfinance institution (MFI) that was founded in 1994 by a group of oil companies that work in the Orinoquía region of Colombia. The organization’s mission is to contribute to increased human and economic productivity in the region by providing comprehensive training and promoting entrepreneurship. To that end the foundation provides micro entrepreneurs with working capital loans, access to basic business education, and more specialized training in enterprise formation.

Type: Foundation Geography: Americas Impact: Access to Education

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Fundación Faces


United States of America

Fundación Faces is a nonprofit microfinance institution (MFI) that is dedicated to reducing poverty and unemployment for poor and marginalized populations in Ecuador, a country where current regulations provide a disincentive to remain focused on the low end of the market. Fundación Faces attends to this population principally through individual credit and, to a lesser extent, group loans, which provide poorer women with access.

Type: Foundation Geography: Americas Impact: Access to Education

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FUNDEA


Guatemala

The Foundation for Enterprise and Agricultural Development (FUNDEA) is a Guatemalan nonprofit microfinance institution (MFI) that serves small-scale farmers and microentrepreneurs using both the individual and group lending methodologies. The organization is strongly committed to serving the rural sector, providing tailored credit and technical assistance to producers.

Type: Foundation Geography: Americas Impact: Access to Education

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Global Communities


United States of America

Global Communities is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable

Type: Foundation Geography: Africa Impact: Community Development

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Grameen Bank


United States of America

Grameen Foundation helps the world’s poorest, especially women, improve their lives and escape poverty by providing them with access to appropriate financial services, life-changing information and unique income-generating opportunities.

Type: Foundation Geography: United States of America Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Grameen Foundation USA


Colombia

Grameen Foundation helps the world's poorest, especially women, improve their lives and escape poverty by providing them with access to small loans, essential information, and viable business opportunities. Through two of the most effective tools known – small loans and the mobile phone – they work to make a real difference in the lives of those who have been left behind. They create economic opportunities for the world’s poorest, build large-scale, easy-to-replicate solutions to end the cycle of poverty in developing countries around the world and lead the industry in measuring impact and delivering results.

Type: Foundation Geography: Africa Impact:

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IDEPRO


Bolivia (Plurinational State o

IDEPRO is a Bolivian microfinance institution (MFI) whose mission is to improve the productivity and competitiveness of small farmers and micro, small and medium enterprises through the provision of specialized and integrated services. Founded in 1991, the organization has pioneered an innovative, value chain approach that provides underserved producers with the tools and resources needed to lift themselves out of poverty.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Americas Impact: Access to Financial Services

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IDH Microfinanciera


Honduras

The Human Development Institute (IDH) is a Honduran microfinance institution that provides working capital loans to predominantly rural borrowers using a group lending methodology. The organization was founded in 1979 by a Christian group looking to provide business training opportunities for microentrepreneurs in some of the poorest regions of the country.

Type: Foundation Geography: Americas Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Ignia Fund


Mexico

IGNIA is an impact investing venture capital firm based in Monterrey, Mexico that supports the founding and expansion of high growth social enterprises that serve the base of the socio-economic pyramid in Mexico.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Latin America and the Caribbean Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Incofin


Belgium

Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM) manages funds that invest in microfinance institutions (MFIs) in developing countries. MFIs provide financial services, such as credits, savings and insurances, to people who cannot have recourse to regular banks. As a specialist in rural microfinancing, Incofin IM’s main goal is to reach out to people who live in more secluded rural areas and/or who are active in the agricultural sector.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Kiva


United States of America

Kiva has developed the world's first ever online peer-to-peer microfinance lending platform for connecting lenders with small to medium enterprises in developing countries. Lenders all over the world can loan to micro businesses in developing countries, with 'deal flows' developed through local partner organizations in micro-finance.

Type: Fund Manager Geography: Global Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Lumni USA


United States of America

Lumni was founded on the belief that there is a better way to help students pay for their education. Lumni offers an innovative way of providing financial support to students. You pay a % of your paycheck for 10 years after you graduate. If you do not earn much money, your payment is low, and if do, you can afford to pay more. They evaluate you based on your potential, rather than on your parents financial history.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: United States of America Impact: Access to Education

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MiCredito


Nicaragua

MiCrédito, is a Nicaraguan microfinance institution (MFI) providing working capital loans to micro-entrepreneurs, many of whom live in hard to reach, rural communities. Witnessing first-hand the challenges of living without electricity, MiCrédito is committed to using the microfinance channel to unlock access to green technologies.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Americas Impact: Access to Education

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MicroCred


France

MicroCred has built and developed a group of financial institutions in emerging markets with products and services tailored to entrepreneurs excluded from the traditional financial sector. All MicroCred institutions develop products focusing primarily on micro-enterprises and SMEs.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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MicroCredit Enterprises


US

MicroCredit Enterprises helps thousands of the most impoverished rural poor in developing countries to build cottage businesses—and ultimately provide food security for millions. The unique Guarantor model of MicroCredit Enterprises utilizes the financial capital and good credit of high net worth individuals and institutions to guarantee micro loans that lead to sustainable communities and social good. MicroCredit Enterprises gears its entrepreneurial results to produce jobs, sustain micro-businesses and improve human lives.

Type: Accelerator/Incubator Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Norandino


Peru

NORANDINO is a rural savings and credit cooperative that was established in 2005 to meet the financing needs of its member producers. While the majority of NORANDINO’s portfolio is concentrated in coffee, the cooperative is also active in sugar cane, cacao, bananas and mangos.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Americas Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Opportunity Fund


United States of America

Opportunity Fund is a not-for-profit social enterprise helping thousands of California families build financial stability. Opportunity Fund strategy combines microloans for small businesses, microsavings accounts, and community real estate financing. Now California's leading microfinance provider, Opportunity Fund began based on the idea that small amounts of money and financial advice could help people make permanent and lasting change to improve their own lives. Since making their first loan in 1995, their team has deployed over $235 million into their communities.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Americas Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Overseas Private Investment Corporation


United States of America

OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Pro Mujer Mexico


United States

Pro Mujer is a development and microfinance institution (MFI) that is dedicated to providing Latin America’s low income women with the means to build their own livelihoods through the provision of microfinance, business training, and health services. Pro Mujer has several branches throughout the region; Global Partnerships is currently partners with Pro Mujer branches in Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Americas Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Pro-Rural


Bolivia (Plurinational State o

Pro-Rural is a Bolivian non-governmental organization that works to improve the socio-economic position of small-holder farmers by strengthening the enterprises that serve them. They do so by providing credit and technical assistance to small, institutional borrowers, including cooperatives, social enterprises and producer associations.

Type: Foundation Geography: Americas Impact: Access to Financial Services

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responsAbility Social Investments AG


CH

responsAbility use investments to empower people at the base of the global income pyramid. They help them realize their economic potential by giving them access to markets information and other services important for their development from which they were previously excluded. responsAbility offers financing to businesses and initiatives in developing countries and emerging markets adapted to their needs and circumstances.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact:

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Sembrar Sartawi


Bolivia (Plurinational State o

Sembrar Sartawi is a Bolivian microfinance institution (MFI) that serves mostly small agricultural producers in rural areas. The organization has developed a framework that addresses the risks associated with agricultural lending and mitigates those risks by providing non-financial services that help producers increase and/or stabilize their income. These services include tailored credit, technical assistance and access to markets.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Americas Impact: Access to Education

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Sen Finances


Senegal

The Sen'Finances Foundation is the only structure of the "APEX" one specialized in offering financial services to local decentralized financial systems (SFD) 2 Senegal. Its mission is to "contribute to improving the living conditions of marginalized and disadvantaged populations of Senegal, while ensuring its viability and sustainability". Its intervention policy is developed taking into account the scope defined by the Letter of Sector Policy also positioned as a partner to the institutional development of the SFD through a network of strategic partners and / or operational. Sen'Finances aspires to be a platform for exchange, tips and research on microfinance

Type: Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Uberis Capital


United Kingdom of Great Britai

UBERIS Capital is an impact investing venture capital firm with offices currently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and London, United Kingdom. It supports the founding and expansion of high growth social enterprises that serve the base of the socio-economic pyramid.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Impact: Access to Financial Services

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VisionFund


United Kingdom of Great Britai

VisionFund is the microfinance subsidiary of World Vision, a Christian relief and development organization. VisionFund provides financial services to empower the enterprising poor to liberate their families from poverty.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Working Capital for Community Needs


United States of America

Founded in 1984, Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit impact investing fund whose mission is to create opportunities for access to microfinance, services and markets to improve the lives and communities of the working poor in Latin America. WCCN empowers low-income Latin American entrepreneurs by sustaining partnerships with microfinance organizations and farming cooperatives in Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru. We serve 30,000 people every year and have invested $110 million in Latin America since 1991.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Americas Impact:

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