people supported

as of June 2021

Empowering people, protecting the planet

2021 is a special year for us as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Over the past 20 years, we have remained true to our mission to fight poverty, inequality, and climate change. We are convinced that sound impact measurement and management tools are a prerequisite for achieving both a positive and sustainable impact and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In 2021, an exceptional year for the entire world, we all have been struggling with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. For the first time in two decades, extreme poverty has risen again, with lasting consequences especially for the world’s most vulnerable.

We are proud of increasing our impact in these unprecedented times. This was only possible with your continuous support and trust in BlueOrchard.

We look forward to the next 20 years and the impact we will be able to achieve together.

the Excluded

Across the world and, particularly, in emerging and frontier markets, individuals excluded from financial services are among the poorest of the population. BlueOrchard’s support for a sound, sustainable, and inclusive financial sector is thus crucial to reach the underserved, thanks to investments that support job creation, female empowerment, and reduction of inequalities.

Figures as of June 2021


end clients financed

  • 80%


  • 65%


  • 0

    micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises
    (MSMEs) supported

  • 0

    job opportunities created or maintained

  • USD 0

    median loan

  • 0 %

    local currency loans


Education is key for a self-determined life and a prosperous and inclusive society. By financing loans to students, learners, and education providers in Africa, BlueOrchard fosters affordable and quality education.

  • 0

    students, learners & education
    providers supported

    Figure as of June 2021

Climate Action

Developing countries are the most vulnerable to the consequences of climate change and have the fewest resources to cope with them. With its investments in climate change adaptation and mitigation, BlueOrchard aims at strengthening the resilience of vulnerable households and MSMEs to extreme weather events, as well as financing a sustainable and low-carbon future.

Figures as of June 2021


climate insurance beneficiaries

  • 0

    planet focused AUM* of bonds portfolio in USD

    *Assets under management

  • 0

    planet focused issuers

Invested in 0 countries

Since inception, we have invested in over 90 countries, covering Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia. We invest in institutions that share our values and that consider positive social and environmental impact essential to their mission.

Impact of BlueOrchard’s funds

We are a leading global impact investment manager, connecting millions of entrepreneurs in emerging and frontier markets with investors. Our aim is to make impact investment solutions accessible to all, advancing the conscious use of capital. BlueOrchard-managed funds generate a positive impact on society and/or the planet, consistently measured across all our offering.

Read about the impact of our investment products here

Voices of
end clients

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“Because of the loan I have been able to expand my business and contribute to my household, helping to support my family.”

Tailor from India


“I started with just 9 hectares. Today, I have 50 hectares. Because of the El Niño phenomenon I have lost land as it caused flooding and afterwards the soil dried up.”

Cesar Julio Salirosas Pacheco
Fruit and vegetable farmer, Peru


“Without our school many young children would not have the opportunity to receive any kind of education.”

Lucy Wilfred
Principal from Tanzania


“When we arrived as refugees, I had no job and was very worried about the future. Today, I am a fruit producer and have up to 10 people working for me.”

Jemal Bigvava
Fruit producer from Georgia


“At the beginning, we had nothing, no capital, no materials. The loan has helped us to buy raw materials and to pay the people who support us in making the products.”

Lucia Andrea Vega Prado
Artisan from Peru



“I currently employ 15 people across two factories and sell products to wholesalers all over India and beyond. I would like to have more than 100 employees.”

Rakesh Showa
Stove producer from India


“Thanks to eight loan cycles over the past 20 years, I have been able to grow my business and build my own home from scratch.”

Grace Kissiri
Animal farmer from Tanzania



“It is very important to me to be able to help and support my family, and I am proud that the various businesses can allow me to do this.”

Vladimer Qarqashadze
Guest house owner from Georgia


“Setting up and expanding our business has given us financial stability, independence and freedom, allowing us to live our dream.”

Elene Kiladze
Dressmaker from Georgia


“I was raised around agriculture but decided to move to the city and start my own business – looking for better opportunities and to improve my health.”

Viter Laban Peña
Grocery store owner from Peru


“My dream is to be known for my great designs. I also want to continue supporting my family and I hope that my daughter may take over the business.”

Rashida Begam
Tailor from India



“The loan has allowed me to build more greenhouses and expand my range of produce. However, a big challenge is climate change. Sometimes I can really feel it happening.”

Simon Deogratus
Vegetable farmer from Tanzania

Leveraging and building a flourishing network

Being a global company with a local presence, BlueOrchard has for more than 20 years established and maintained a strong network of institutions which is fundamental to deliver on the company’s multiple impact goals.

Figures since inception

  • 0


  • 0

    social and climate

  • 0

    Technical Assistance/
    Capacity Building projects implemented

Partners and Network

We are a trusted partner of major development institutions as well as other key players, and we actively promote industry best practices through leading initiatives.

BlueOrchard contributes to 14 out of the 17 SDGs

end clients surveys

Surveys were conducted on 1,502 end clients from India, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar between Q4 2020 and Q2 2021 to assess the impact of loans provided by BlueOrchard’s investees.


  • 75%

    Increase in quality of life

  • 38%

    Improved ability to save

  • 46%

    Increase in income

  • 63%

    Improved ability to plan finances

  • 53%

    Loan used to grow business

  • 97%

    No challenges when interacting with MFIs*

    *Microfinance institution


  • 90%

    Increase in quality of life

  • 82%

    Improved ability to save

  • 58%

    Increase in income

  • 84%

    Improved ability to plan finances

  • 32%

    Loan used to grow business

  • 97%

    No challenges when interacting with MFIs*

    *Microfinance institution


  • 72%

    Increase in quality of life

  • 22%

    Improved ability to save

  • 32%

    Increase in income

  • 44%

    Improved ability to plan finances

  • 27%

    Loan used to grow business

  • 91%

    No challenges when interacting with MFIs*

    *Microfinance institution


  • 88%

    Increase in quality of life

  • 57%

    Improved ability to save

  • 94%

    Increase in income

  • 85%

    Improved ability to plan finances

  • 92%

    Loan used to grow business

  • 93%

    No challenges when interacting with MFIs*

    *Microfinance institution

impact timeline

BlueOrchard is committed to the development of the impact investing industry and to the alignment of its product offering to industry best practices.

  • 2007
    • LuxFLAG Microfinance label awarded for the first time to BOMF

      BlueOrchard has been receiving it for BOMF and other funds in the following years as well

  • 2009
    • BlueOrchard launches first Social Performance Impact Reporting and Intelligence Tool (SPIRIT)

    • BlueOrchard becomes signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investments

  • 2014
    • BlueOrchard supports the creation of the SPI4 Alinus tool for Microfinance Institutions

  • 2017
    • BlueOrchard collaborates with GIIN to conceptualize the Navigating Impact Project

  • 2018
    • JAWEF qualifies for the 2x Challenge

  • 2019
    • BlueOrchard actively contributes to the conceptualization of the Operating Principles for Impact Management

  • 2020
    • BOMF independently verified in alignment with Operating Principles for Impact Management by Tideline/Bluemark

    • Covid-19 Support Fund and IIF qualify for the 2x Challenge

    • LuxFLAG Climate Finance label awarded to IIF

    • Towards Sustainability label awarded to IBF

    • BlueOrchard certified as carbon neutral company

    • BlueOrchard contributes to the conceptualization and launch of GIIN's IRIS+ Impact Core metrics system

    • BlueOrchard launches the B.Impact Framework

  • 2021
    • LuxFLAG Microfinance label awarded to REFFA and JAWEF

    • BlueOrchard's public asset B.impact framework independently verified in alignment with Operating Principles for Impact Management by Tideline/Bluemark

BlueOrchard –
We walk the talk

The BlueOrchard team consists of experienced and versatile professionals in offices around the world, enabling BlueOrchard to operate effectively in its target markets. Our goal of inclusion is reflected in equal and fair employment opportunities. We strive to lead by example, promoting diversity and inclusion in our corporate approach.

  • 7 offices on
  • 4 continents

52% of staff working
in regional offices

  • 40 nationalities

  • 33 languages

  • Compensation linked to the company’s
    investment, social & environmental

0 + members
of staff

35 average

  • 49% female employees

11 years of experience on average among
investment professionals

People & Planet

Our investments address 14 out of the 17 SDGs. We also support projects contributing to complementary SDGs already tackled by our investment offering.

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