Honouring our coffee

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Honouring our coffee

07-06-2021

BIO has invested in the Fairtrade Access Fund and is one of the donors of its Technical Assistance Facility (TAF FAF).

The Fairtrade Access Fund has invested in Soprocopiv, a coffee cooperative in Kivu, in the DRC, and has, likewise, supported them through a Technical Assistance Facility.

Judith Kahindo Katavali works as a technical supervisor of agronomists for Soprocopiv. Kambale Bonane Blessing owns a coffee plantation and is one of the members of Soprocopiv. This is their story.

Women continue to rise

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Women continue to rise

03-05-2021

BIO has invested - through equity, loans and technical assistance - in the Local Currency Microfinance Fund II - LocfundII. This fund has, in turn, invested in Fundación Espoir.

Claudia Moreno is the Deputy Executive Director of Fundación Espoir. This is her story.

Investments are all about trust

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Investments are all about trust

22-03-2021

BIO has granted loans and technical assistance to Cofina Senegal and Cofina Ivory Coast, members of Cofina Groupe, a young Pan-African mesofinance group.

Hervé-Serge Ndakpri is the Group CFO. This is his story.

The incredible potential of digitalisation

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The incredible potential of digitalisation

11-02-2021

Dr Jessica Schicks is a Senior Investment Officer at BIO, in charge of Financial Institutions. She has a specific focus on digitalisation.

This is her story.

Seeing customers and employees grow

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Seeing customers and employees grow

20-01-2021

BIO has granted a € 3 M loan to Advans Côte d’Ivoire and technical assistance of € 123 K.

Mariam Djibo is the managing director of Advans CI. This is her story.

Milk is the foundation of our prosperity

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Milk is the foundation of our prosperity

16-12-2020

Mcvin Mbesa Muia owns a dairy farm in Kyambutho. She received a loan from the Kenya Women Microfinance Bank, which is supported by REGMIFA.

European ambitions

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European ambitions

16-11-2020

EDFI Management Company (EDFI MC), established in 2016, manages concessional funds on behalf and for member development finance institutions (DFIs).
To maximise EDFI MC’s chances to succeed in its European ambitions, to be recognised as an important partner by the European Commission, and to ensure a better integration of the MC into the shared goal of the European DFIs to be able to handle more difficult investments, it is key that more EDFI members are shareholders of the company.

Not So Run Of The Mill

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Not So Run Of The Mill

19-10-2020

BIO has given a USD 6 M loan to VisionFund Myanmar, one of the largest MFI operating in Myanmar which aims to empower women to build secure livelihoods.
Daw Saw Saw Win is one of these empowered women. This is her story.

Story sourced from VisionFund Myanmar.

I bought myself a sewing machine

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I bought myself a sewing machine

17-09-2020

BIO has given a USD 12 M loan to Pact Global Microfinance Fund, a Myanmarese MFI with a specific focus on female entrepreneurs. Daw San San Win and Daw Ky Htay are clients of PGMF. This is their story.