Seeding Women Empowerment in South and Southeast Asia
The purpose of the IIX Growth Fund (IGF) is to seed women empowerment through the strategic deployment of equity and debt finance to enterprises advancing the empowerment and resilience of women as business leaders, business owners, suppliers, or employees. By financing the growth of these entities, IIX promotes the development of an ecosystem of women-focused enterprises that can ultimately leverage other sustainable finance products to continue fueling their growth and impact by accessing the global capital markets
Filling the Gender Funding Gap
Women-focused SMEs have historically received less funding than their peers, and the vast majority of transactions supporting women-led SMEs take place in the Global North. This has created a large funding gap for SMEs driving women empowerment in South and Southeast Asia, where women control a majority of household buying and represent the majority of the workforce, but are often overlooked in the business and investment space. Many women-focused SMEs are brimming with innovative business models addressing critical issues such as energy access, food security, climate change, healthcare, education, and inequality. The IIX Growth Fund strategically deploys capital to support the growth of these entities, filling the funding gap and accelerating inclusive growth in the region.