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Finnfund investments in gender equality 2019-2021

Finnfund is committed to investing 105 million euros in businesses that advance gender equality. These gender investments will be made in 2019-2021.

The amount is one half of the 210 million euro loan issued to Finnfund by the Finnish Government in 2019. We will invest the other half in climate projects.

Finnfund applies the 2X Challenge criteria to its gender investments. The 2X Challenge calls for the G7 and other DFIs to collectively double gender investments to USD 3 billion by the end of 2020.

105 million euros by the end of 2021

Commitments as of March 2021 (starting April 2019)

 

 

 

Investments in gender equality 2019-2021

Finnfund is also part of the international Gender Finance Collaborative. Our own gender statement drives us to invest in businesses which boost women’s economic independence, entrepreneurship, leadership as well as their position and role in the marketplace. Read more here.

According to UN Women, women’s economic empowerment is central to the realisation of women’s rights and gender quality. Development financiers play an important role in channeling funding to gender investments.

Investment agreements

(March 2021)

InvestmentCountrySectorValuuttaFinancingYear
Advans GroupInternationalMicrofinanceEUR10,000,0002019
Annapurna Finance Private LimitedIndiaMicrofinanceEUR15,000,0002019
Societe JTF Madagaskar SARLMadagaskarAgricultureEUR3,750,0002019
First City Monument Bank Limited Tier IINigeriaBankingUSD5,000,0002019
Bopa Pte Ltd.AsiaMicrofinanceUSD5,000,0002020
Proximity Finance Microfinance CompanyMyanmarMicrofinanceUSD4,700,0002020
Softlogic Life Insurance PlcSri LankaInsuranceUSD7,500,0002020
KashaRwanda, KenyaHealthcareUSD1,000,0002020
Phatisa Food FundAfricaFundUSD15,000,0002020
Early Dawn Microfinance Company Ltd.MyanmarMicrofinanceUSD11,000,0002020
JumoInternationalFintechUSD6,000,0002020
SPARK SchoolsSouth AfricaEducationUSD5,200,0002020

Investment decisions

(March 2021) Detailed information published after signing of agreements

InvestmentCountrySectorFinancingYear
Company ANepalFundUSD10,000,0002020
Company BAfricaTelecommunicationsUSD2,000,0002020

Examples of investments in gender equality

Advans boosts women’s careers and entrepreneurship

Advans currently serves over 1 million clients with a staff of close to 7,500 employees in nine African and Asian countries; Cambodia, Cameroon, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Pakistan, Nigeria, Tunisia and Myanmar.

Annapurna offers microloans for poor women in rural India

Annapurna Finance offers microloans and related financial literacy education, mainly to poor women in rural India. This is Finnfund’s first project eligible for the 2X Challenge, which is an initiative by the G7 countries aimed at mobilising USD 3 billion to finance businesses that promote the status of women.

Accelerating female leadership in Asia

Finnfund’s investee BOPA is funding and developing microfinance institutions in Asia and has recently joined the 2X Challenge. One of BOPA’s portfolio companies, Asian Credit Fund LLC, is led by Zhanna Zhakupova, one of the few female leaders in the financial sector in Kazakhstan.

Penda Health saw something special in Esther Mwikali

When Finnfund assesses the gender equality in the portfolio companies, Penda Health always stands out: nearly 70% of their staff are women. Women can be found at all levels in the organisation. This is a story of Esther Mwikali who joined Penda Health in 2015 and now works as an Area Manager.