IMPACT AREA: Women

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Proximity Finance

Proximity Finance

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Proximity Finance (Proximity) is a socially focused MFI in Myanmar with a loan portfolio of over $11M and more than 60,000 borrowers, 51% of whom are women and 100% of whom live in rural areas.
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Fundacion Espoir

Fundacion Espoir

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Fundación Espoir (Espoir) is a socially focused microfinance institution (MFI) in Ecuador with a loan portfolio of over US$45M and over 48,000 borrowers, 80% of whom are women and 74% of whom live in rural areas.
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Naasakle International LLC

Naasakle International LLC

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Naasakle International LLC (Naasakle) is a family-owned, vertically integrated shea processing and marketing business founded in 2000 that operates in Ghana and the United States, utilizing a direct “picker to consumer” model to connect Ghanaian women shea pickers with global consumer markets.
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Fonkoze

Fonkoze

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The mission of Fonkoze is to build the economic foundations for democracy by providing poor women in rural areas with access to financial services and business education.
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Transcapital

Transcapital

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Transcapital is a small microfinance institution operating in the poor suburbs (the “ger” districts) on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.
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EcoZoom East Africa

EcoZoom East Africa

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EcoZoom East Africa is a for-profit social enterprise and certified B Corporation founded in 2013 in Kenya, with the goal of supplying healthy, efficient, ecofriendly products to base-of-the-pyramid consumers.
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IMON International

IMON International

image descriptionTajikistan

IMON International (IMON) is a prominent MFI in Tajikistan with a loan portfolio of over $81M and over 100,000 borrowers.
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Vision Fund Lanka

Vision Fund Lanka

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Vision Fund Lanka (VF Lanka) focuses primarily on providing microfinance loans to people living in rural areas of Sri Lanka, especially women, through a group lending methodology. Since its conversion to an LLC in 2012, VF Lanka has made it a priority to strengthen management capabilities, reduce operating costs, improve efficiency, and source funding at market rates.
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MicroEnergy Credits (MEC)

MicroEnergy Credits (MEC)

image descriptionIndia, Kenya, Mongolia

MicroEnergy Credits (MEC) is a clean energy marketing and distribution company founded in 2007 that partners with financial institutions and suppliers to provide low-income households and microentrepreneurs in India, Kenya, and Mongolia with access to affordable, clean energy products like solar lights, efficient cookstoves, and water purifiers.
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Venture South

Venture South

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Ngosyon Pinoy Finance Corporation (NPFC), also known as Venture South, is a Small and Medium Finance Institution (SMFI) that lends primarily to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Venture South is financing the “missing middle" and generating jobs for the unemployed and underemployed excluded from the formal labor market.
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DLO Haiti

DLO Haiti

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DLO Haiti is an innovative water purification and distribution business founded in 2013 with the goal of developing a sustainable and scalable model to access clean water in Haiti.
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Tolaro Global

Tolaro Global

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Tolaro Global is a cashew nut processing business based in Parakou, a small town in Northern Benin. Founded in 2010, Tolaro sources raw cashew nuts directly from local farmers and transforms them for export.
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Kamurj

Armenia
  • MFI
Investing in rural areas and in agriculture.

Founded in 2010, Kamurj is a mid-sized MFI with a strong focus on the poorer rural population through a group lending methodology. With over half of the portfolio invested in rural areas and in agriculture, Kamurj is an institution extremely dedicated to social impact. Kamurj has developed successful partnerships over the years with Habitat for Humanity for the financing of home improvements and with IFAD and MCA for agriculture finance.  Visit Kamurj’s website.

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Tolaro Global

Benin
  • SGB
Providing improved market access to smallholder cashew farmers in Benin

Tolaro Global is a cashew nut processing business based in Parakou, a small town in Northern Benin. Founded in 2010, Tolaro sources raw cashew nuts directly from local farmers and transforms them for export. It is the first factory in Africa to receive the African Cashew Alliance quality seal (an industry-accepted mark that confirms compliance with internationally recognized standards of quality, food safety and social and labor standards). Tolaro employs more than 400 Beninese men and women with formal salaried jobs and sources its cashew from over 7,000 smallholder farmers in the region, for whom the business also provides technical training to increase cashew yields and farmers’ incomes.

Tolaro’s impact is evident across several dimensions: 1) by providing expanded market access to local farmers, 2) by creating local, salaried employment in a rural area, 3) by contributing to additional outcomes such as improved food security and childhood education, and 4) by generating added value for the Beninese economy.

Learn more on Tolaro’s website here.

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CIDRE

Bolivia
  • MFI
Providing financial and social services to the rural regions of Bolivia with a strong focus on social and environmental responsibility.

Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Regional (Center for Regional Research and Development, “CIDRE”) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that supports and contributes to the development of Bolivia’s most rural regions through a holistic approach that provides financial services and social engagement with communities. CIDRE started in 1981 as a center for socio-economic research in rural areas of Bolivia, and eventually developed a credit department. CIDRE uses a three-pronged approach to social and environmental responsibility: environment, clients, and employees. Since its origins, social responsibility has been CIDRE’s main driving force, as the organization was created with the sole purpose to empower micro-entrepreneurs and low-income farmers. Today, 61% of CIDRE’s portfolio is allocated to farm loans and transport.

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Sembrar Sartawi (Sembrar)

Bolivia
  • MFI
Financing agricultural activities in rural areas.

Sembrar Sartawi (Sembrar) is a financial institution with a strong focus on financing agricultural activities in the rural areas of Bolivia. Key cultivations financed are quinoa, milk, rice, coffee, grapes, potatoes, soya, sesame and beans. The organization specifically reaches out to a vulnerable group of clients who are either not served by other MFIs or not offered the appropriate products. Sembrar’s products are adapted to the specific rural context in which farmers operate. In the last two years,the MFI has also developed a number of social, environmental and risk information programs to strengthenits position as key rural financial provider.  Visit Sembrar’s website.

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Microcredit Foundation Mikra (“Mikra”)

Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • MFI
Providing entrepreneurs with high-quality and affordable financial, educational and related services.

Microcredit Foundation Mikra (“Mikra”) provides the poorest but economically active population of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), mostly women, with access to high-quality and affordable financial, educational and related services needed to reduce poverty, encourage self-employment and develop entrepreneurship.  Visit Mikra’s website.

 

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Chamroeun

Cambodia
  • MFI
Focusing on Cambodia’s most underserved.

Chamroeun is a small-size MFI in Cambodia established in 2006 as a project of the French NGO Entrepreneurs du Monde (EdM) to provide financial (loans, savings) and non-financial (micro-insurance) services to poor and vulnerable families living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. Since its inception, the organization focused on serving the “poorest of the poor,” targeting financially underserved people living in slum areas where most other existing MFIs wouldn’t operate. The social mission is at the heart of Chamroeun’s operations. Over the years, Chamroeun has expanded its operations in main provincial towns (Siem Reap, Battambang, etc.) and, as of 2013, covers 14 out of 24 provinces through 42 offices, still focusing on the low-endmarket in urban and peri-urban areas. At the end of 2013, it was addressing the needs of nearly 53,000 borrowers, with the objective of reaching 100,000 borrowers by 2017.  Visit Chamroeun’s website.

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