Societe Generale Securities Services (SGSS) in Luxembourg has been mandated by BlueOrchard Finance Ltdto provide a broad range of fund services for its recently launched JAPAN ASEAN Women Empowerment Fund (JAWEF), a Luxembourg specialised investment fund.
BlueOrchard Finance Ltd is a global impact investment manager, specialised in fostering inclusive finance and sustainable growth. It was founded in 2001 by initiative of the UN as the first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments worldwide.
Thecompany has invested over US$3.5bn in institutions across 60 emerging and frontier markets, providing access to financial and other services to over 30m individuals at the bottom of the pyramid. The fund plans to invest $120m in a diversified portfolio of mainly microfinance institutions focused on providing lending facilities predominantly to female micro and small entrepreneurs to empower women in South Asian and South East Asian countries.