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Meet the West Africa Bright Future Fund IC members
The external Investment Committee of West Africa Bright Future Fund – our new fund that finances agriculture, clean energy, and waste management in Mali, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, and Guinee – has assembled in person for the first time.
Livelihoods of Congolese entrepreneurs
DRC has the third-largest impoverished population in the world, and poverty is increasing due to the impacts of COVID-19. Against all odds, small-scale entrepreneurs in the DRC are navigating the precarity of day-to-day lives and have ambitious business plans.
Call for proposals: piloting impact survey in Mali and Sierra Leone
Cordaid Investment Management is looking for a consultant to conduct a pilot impact survey in Mali and Sierra Leone.
Blended finance talk: tune into the podcast featuring Hann Verheijen
How can the blended finance approach benefit impact investors? Learn about innovative finance tools and practices in the latest episode of Just for a change podcast Blended Finance: when to use what instrument when?, featuring managing director of Cordaid Investment Management.
Les Orangers’ Grand Opening: CIM’s investee makes Malian national news
After a series of obstacles and delays caused by COVID and political unrest in Mali, a new high-quality medical care facility has opened its doors at the end of February. Most importantly, it is going to be affordable for low-income populations who often struggle to access healthcare.
Faces of microfinance: saving groups for women in the DRC
Fueled by social biases, discriminatory laws, practices, and disproportionate household responsibilities, gender inequality limits women’s life choices in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Decades of armed conflict in the eastern DRC region Kivu have made the villages unsafe for women and their children. They had to largely abandon farming and move to rural areas with few job opportunities for females. Usually, that means engaging in small-scale trade or cooking meals for sale. The necessity of caring for families pushes women to create their own opportunities.
Enabling Bolivian women to start their first business
In the last eight years, poverty in Bolivia has decreased significantly; however, the current recession threatens to reverse all the progress if the support structures for the vulnerable populations are not there. A period of stable economic growth linked to high oil and gas prices was first interrupted by commodities depreciation and then by the Covid-19 crisis. As a result, the country’s economy is facing recession and over a million people risk going into poverty.
Faces of microfinance: stories and dreams of small-scale entrepreneurs in DRC
73% of the Congolese population lives on less than $1.90 a day, according to World Bank data of 2018. In the conflict-affected eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kivu struggles with even higher unemployment rates than the country’s average. In a situation like this, many people have no other option but to open their micro-business and hope it would be enough to sustain their families.
Investments in fragile countries do offer returns
CIM's Managing Director, Hann Verheijen, talks about the development of impact investing, challenges of SME financing, and the refinement of CIM's approach to creating impact .
Promoting growth sectors and entrepreneurship in Sierra Leone
Two of CIM’s Investment Managers based in Freetown, Lorisa Canillas and Archibald Shodeke, talk about the investment landscape in Sierra Leone, and the difficulties and opportunities of investing in MFIs and SMEs in the region.
Only impact-first investors are able to make the shift in Mali
CIM’s Investment Manager in Mali, Mariam Niangado, talks about the local investment climate, challenges and opportunities of different sectors, and the transformational impact that our investments have.
Claiming impact? Research is key
Fund Manager of WABFF, Brenda Pennell, talks about the research project, the importance of looking at downstream outcomes, and the challenges of measuring impact in fragile environments.
Financing Kenya's private sector recovery
Kenya has a remarkably active private sector, primarily consisting of small informal businesses with less than five employees. According to the latest World Bank report, there are 7.4 million micro, small and medium enterprises in the country, many of which need additional finance to recover from the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vacancy alert: Investment Committee members for the West Africa Bright Future Fund
The West Africa Bright Future Fund invests in job creation, sustainable economic development, and a better environment. Growth capital for SMEs and MFIs in agriculture, clean energy and waste management creates a brighter future for women and youth in fragile West Africa. The Fund will be launched in early 2022.
Investors, we can’t wait on policymakers anymore
Scientists have warned us: not reacting fast enough is the same as failing. We lost too much time discussing wherever it is even necessary to “phase out” fossil fuels.
Modernizing the Malian poultry sector
Cordaid Investment Management’s disbursement to SOSAF contributes to development of poultry sector in Mali, allowing local production to compete with imports and make the eggs and chicken more affordable for the population. Founder of SOSAF, young entrepreneur Mohamed Sanogo is committed to level up hygiene and safety standards in the sector.
Connecting faith and finance to unlock the capital for deeper impact
Aligning capital with moral values holds immense potential to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and fight climate change. Hann Verheijen, Managing Director at Cordaid Investment Management, discussed challenges and opportunities for raising the level of faith-based impact investing at the Oxford Faith-Aligned Impact Finance project (OxFAIF) conference on November 20th.
Welcome, Julie! A finance and legal assistant joins our team
We are excited to welcome Julie Nzambi - Finance and Legal Assistant - to the team. Passionate about women's empowerment, Julie believes that through impact investing we can fight gender inequalities, especially in fragile countries where women suffer from extreme societal injustice.
Best SME Financier of the year
Cordaid Investment Management wins the Africa Global Funds Awards for outstanding efforts to support the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in fragile contexts.
Reducing inequality in Guatemala
The recent disbursement to microfinance institution Adisa is aimed to increase the resilience of rural and indigenous communities. They are most affected by poverty and inequality in Guatemala, even more so due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Bringing SME and MFI partners together
Determined to foster investees’ collaboration, Cordaid Investment Management’s team in Sierra Leone brought together an SME and several MFIs to work for mutual benefit and higher social impact.
Promoting financial inclusion in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania
Cordaid Investment Management has recently disbursed a new loan to Soluti Finance, a dedicated microfinance fund supporting microfinance institutions in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. CIM is reaching over 1.6 million entrepreneurs in East Africa each year by investing in wholesale lenders like Soluti Finance.
Strengthening the recycling market in Mali
Through our new partnership with DGB Plastique Mali SARL, Cordaid Investment Management supports the rise of the recycling market in Mali, which is still in its infancy but has a lot of growth potential.
Contributing to road safety in West Africa
Africa has the biggest number of road traffic deaths in the world. According to the World Health Organization report, with 26.6 deaths per 100,000 people, the fatality rate is nearly three times that of Europe. Many of these accidents involve heavy trucks used for transportation - they are too old and do not comply with safety regulations.
Reaching out to indigenous communities in Guatemala
Thousands of indigenous households in Guatemala are overlooked by the traditional banking system and big microfinance institutions. Low levels of education and literacy, unstable income and lack of suitable financial instruments make those communities especially vulnerable.
Fighting poverty and inequality in Ecuador
Cordaid Investment Management has provided FACES, a microfinance institution in Ecuador with a strong social and environmental focus, with the 4th loan marking six years of impactful partnership.
Talking strategies with Malian entrepreneurs
Our Senior Investment Manager Brenda Pennell just came back from a three-week trip business to Mali. Together with Mariam Niangado, our new colleague in West Africa, they had a chance to reconnect and talk strategies with local entrepreneurs that Cordaid Investment Management supports with investments.
New partnership in Mali unlocks clean energy access in rural communities
In a world where 760 million people don't have access to electricity and 6.5 million people die from air pollution every year, investments in clean, affordable energy in low-income countries is a necessity.
Supporting framers and entrepreneurs in Nicaragua
Cordaid Investment Management has recently disbursed the third loan to Fundenuse SA, an MFI in Nicaragua with a strong social mission to support micro and small entrepreneurs.
Easy Solar, 5 years of energy and impact
This month Cordaid Investment Management is celebrating the 5th anniversary of Easy Solar and a five-year partnership that brought light and clean energy to many off-grid communities of Sierra Leone.
7 years of serving vulnerable populations in Honduras
Cordaid Investment Management has provided their fourth loan to Ahsetfin, partner MFI in Honduras, marking 7 years of a fruitful partnership. Despite the COVID-19 crisis, Ahsetfin has shown a solid financial and social performance, while supporting their clients with grace periods on capital and interest in those challenging times.
Major investment program in West Africa
West Africa is grappling with challenges of unprecedented magnitude. Despite the extremely difficult conditions.
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