It’s going to take years for utilities’ grids to reach remote villages in Africa, if they ever do. Standalone solar home systems are filling some of the gap. But in many cases local “mini-grids” that can power businesses, schools and other loads are the least-cost option with the broadest social and economic benefits. Investors put
- OPIC, MicroVest, and Germany’s Bank Im Bistum Essen have committed $17 million to support the organization in the mission it started in 1999: to provide microfinance services to women in low-income communities.
Southeast Asia’s mix of democracies, military dictatorships and communist governments, alongside economies at various levels of development present a challenge for regional investment strategies. A tech-connected and youthful population with a growing affinity for entrepreneurship, however, make it an emerging hotspot for impact investing. About 60 impact investors have placed about $900 million into 225
- The fund has raised $36.6 million after launching as Nepal’s first private equity and impact investing fund in 2014.
- The best investors see opportunities where others don’t. To see the unseen, a new crop of investors is going beyond “trusting your gut” to building gender bias analysis into their investment decision making.
- With the new funding, SolarHome will expand across Myanmar, and into Cambodia and Indonesia by the end of this year.
- Eighty percent of Cambodians live in rural areas and less than 20% of adults have access to financial services.