FINCA Microfinance Holding Company LLC (FMH) is a socially-responsible investment (SRI) partnership that owns and operates 20 microfinance institutions and banks on five continents.
FMH’s investors own a network of subsidiaries that provides responsible financial services to low-income individuals and their communities, helping people to build assets, create jobs and raise their standard of living. We operate our microfinance network to achieve positive social impacts. Our SRI model holds true to our purpose while relying on commercial principles that deliver sustainable financial results. Long-term financial sustainability ensures our ability to continue expanding financial inclusion to people in need.
FMH’s investors are led by FINCA International Inc. a Washington, D.C.- based not-for-profit organization and a majority shareholder of FMH. Minority shareholders include the International Finance Corporation (IFC), KfW, Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO), responsAbility, Triple Jump and Triodos.
The FMH partnership brings capital, financial leverage and business acumen to FINCA Impact Finance’s microfinance operations. This is especially important as the microfinance landscape evolves to include new technologies and new expectations from clients, regulators and traditional supporters. Since 2011, the partners’ capital has helped expand our lending to clients and has supported the ongoing transformation of FINCA Impact Finance’s microfinance subsidiaries into licensed financial institutions that can offer a full range of essential financial services. It has also enabled FMH to borrow additional funds from the capital markets, as needed to support our growth and client needs.
FINCA International is the creator of the FINCA network of microfinance institutions. As a not-for-profit organization, FINCA International uses philanthropic capital and donations to maintain and steward our investment in the microfinance mission through FMH; research client needs and monitor outcomes; support client-centered product development; introduce new technology, services and client education; and support on-lending of funds to micro- and small enterprises by local subsidiaries.
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IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private enterprises in more than 100 countries, they use their capital, expertise, and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. In FY13, their investments climbed to an all-time high of nearly $25 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges.
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Established in 1948 as a public law institution, KfWBankengruppe is today owned 80% by the Federal Republic of Germany and 20% by the federal states (“Länder”). With a balance sheet total of more than EUR 440 billion, KfW is one of the world´s leading and most experienced promotional banks. As a bank with no branch network or customer deposits, it refinances its lending business almost exclusively in the international capital markets. KfWEntwicklungsbank is part of KfWBankengruppe and a competent and strategic advisor on current development issues. Reducing poverty, securing peace, protecting natural resources and helping to shape globalization are the main priorities of KfWEntwicklungsbank. On behalf of the German Federal Government it finances reforms, infrastructure and financial systems for socially and ecologically compatible economic growth in more than 110 countries. It is a worldwide financing partner, and it also employs funds of its own for development projects.
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The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO ) is the Dutch development bank. FMO supports sustainable private sector growth in developing and emerging markets by investing in ambitious entrepreneurs. FMO believes a strong private sector leads to economic and social development, empowering people to employ their skills and improve their quality of life. FMO focuses on three sectors that have high development impact: financial institutions, energy, and agribusiness, food & water. With an investment portfolio of EUR 6.3 billion, FMO is one of the largest European bilateral private sector development banks.
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Founded in 2003, responsAbility Social Investments AG is one of the world’s leading private asset managers for social investments. It specializes in sectors such as microfinance, SME financing, fair trade and independent media. With its products, including the responsAbility Global Microfinance Fund, responsAbility enables people in developing countries and emerging markets to access markets, information and other services crucial for their development. Private and institutional investors can thus professionally contribute to positive social development while at the same time achieving a financial return. At present emerging market assets under management amount to USD 1.8 billion.
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TripleJump‘s mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of emerging market economies by facilitating investment in micro and small enterprises. Triple Jump seeks to support the expansion of viable microfinance institutions in all three stages of their development (emerging, expanding and mature) by providing capital and advisory services. Their objective is to work towards effective social impact in emerging markets by harnessing entrepreneurial spirit. They focus on MFIs which are committed to reducing poverty in their society, reaching low-income and vulnerable groups, particularly women, respecting society and the environment, and achieving maximum efficiency, financial sustainability and outreach.
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Triodos Investment Management is a 100% subsidiary of Triodos Bank, one of the world’s leading sustainable banks. Triodos Investment Management is a globally recognised leader in impact investing, managing direct investments ranging from sustainable energy infrastructure to microfinance institutions. Since 1994, its assets under management in inclusive finance have increased to over EUR 500 million, making it one of the leading investors in the industry. Through specialised funds it currently provides finance – both debt and equity – to 104 upcoming and well-established financial institutions in 44 countries. They hold equity stakes in 21 financial institutions; senior staff of Triodos Bank joins the Board of Directors and actively contributes to the governance of these institutions.
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