Impact

83%

of microfinance
clients
are female

Worldwide, two billion people have no or only limited access to basic financial products and services, such as loans, savings accounts and payment services1. Most of these people live in developing and emerging economies. The fund aims to make financial services more generally available in these countries in order to enable people to improve their living conditions. For instance, a loan will allow them to start or expand a company, thus generating income and creating employment, and by keeping their savings in a safe place they can establish a buffer against unexpected expenditure. Triodos Microfinance Fund does this by providing funding - in the form of loans as well as equity participations - to microfinance institutions and banks in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. These local institutions offer a range of financial products and services aimed at low-income customers.

Core indicators micro nance institutions (MFIs) and SME nancial institutions (SME FIs) in the fund’s portfolio, December 31, 2017

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MFIs 2017

MFIs 2016

SME FIs 2017

SME FIs 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Number of loan clients reached

16,726,443

16,933,839

2,047,680

1,642,933

Number of savings clients reached

7,625,536

7,384,551

5,655,512

3,576,524

Average loan (EUR)

857

812

4,733

4,784

Percentage of female loan clients

83%

86%

43%

49%

Percentage of clients in rural areas

44%

43%

40%

23%

Number of people employed

112,762

105,331

20,642

15,715

 

 

 

 

 

Furthermore, the fund increasingly funds institutions, usually banks, that focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. These enterprises are usually firmly rooted in their local communities and contribute to socio-economic development through the jobs that they create and by paying taxes. Between 14 and 20 million small and medium-sized enterprises in developing and emerging economies (two thirds of the SMEs) have no or only limited access to funding2. By providing this funding, the fund contributes to the development of a sustainable and accessible financial sector around the world.

As at the end of 2017, Triodos Microfinance Fund had investments outstanding with 93 financial institutions and banks in 40 countries. The online Inclusive Finance Impact Report (www.triodosimpactreports.com) provides further information about the impact that the fund has had, presenting figures, background stories and a description of its activities.

1 Source: The Global Findex Database 2014 of the World Bank: http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/globalfindex; Source: UNSGSA publication (United Nations’ Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development): https://www.unsgsa.org/
2 Source: IFC report (International Finance Corporation) Closing the Credit Gap for Formal and Informal Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (2013)

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