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IIX announces the CGI pledge to promote clean-cook stove

Impact Investment Exchange Asia(IIX) has announced its Clinton Global Initiative(CGI) Commitment to Action on Women’s Impact Bond (WIB) to help organisations concerned scale their clean-cook stove businesses, benefiting people including women from harmful air pollution. Read More

IIX announces Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action on Women’s Impact Bond

Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), a leader in social sector development through impact investing, recently announced its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action on Women’s Impact Bond (WIB) at the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting.

In Bali, An Entrepreneur Builds An Eco-Friendly Workers’ Paradise

In eastern Bali, where the climate is dry and the soil unforgiving, just about the only trees that thrive are those producing cashew apples. But while the residents depend on their crops for sustenance, perhaps 90% of the processing is done in places like Vietnam and India. Meaning: Most of the money is made elsewhere; the average income is $2 a day. Read More

Breaking the mould in Bali

East Bali Cashews, an innovative partnership in Indonesia, underlines how big business can use its know-how to help social enterprises become financially sound and still deliver on their fundamental goal, says founder Aaron Fishman

Empowering women social entrepreneurs in India

Empowering women social entrepreneurs in India

November, 2013

New ‘Young Women Social Entrepreneurship Development Programme’ in India is to identify women working in social enterprises and train them to become ‘Master Trainers’. Read More.

KKR’s ESG Efforts Go One Step Further

Executives in KKR & Co.’s Singapore and Sydney offices have taken the firm’s environmental, social and governance initiatives one step further, this time outside the portfolio.

KKR teamed up with Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) to help a company called East Bali Cashew develop its business plan, which ultimately resulted in $900,000 million of new financing, according to a release from the firm. The new financing, which did not include capital from KKR, will aid in the construction of a second factory, which in turn will hire 100 new employees.

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Impact Investment Exchange and KKR Announce Partnership

Work with East Bali Cashews leads to $900,000 investment, creating jobs and social impact

October 22, 2013

Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), a leader in social sector development through impact investment, and KKR, a leading global investment firm, marked the successful completion of its technical assistance project with East Bali Cashews (EBC), based in the rural village of Ban in Bali’s Karangasem District.

Social Enterprises are businesses which actively create a positive return to society. EBC, founded in 2012, is the first large-scale cashew processing facility in Bali and uses sustainable, eco-friendly business practices to process unshelled cashews, package and sell them under the brand name Alamente. EBC creates employment for women from farmer households who are mostly illiterate and have never had formal, salaried employment.

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Impact Partners platform successfully raises capital for Sun-eee, providing a beacon of hope for clean energy access in villages across rural Cambodia

Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) announced today that its Impact Partners platform has facilitated an investment of US$450,000 into Sun-eee Pte. Ltd. Mr. Ben Pwee, who is the founder and chairman of the Pwee Foundation and a recipient of IIX’s Impact Leader Award, led this deal.

 

Sun-eee Pte. Ltd. (Sun-eee)

Sun-eee is a Cambodian renewable energy company that addresses both the social problem of low penetration of electricity in rural areas and the environmental problem of a heavy reliance on diesel fuel.
Sun-eee aims to acquire a number of existing IPPs in this highly fragmented and under-served market. In turn, Sun-eee will generate clean and affordable power in these licensed areas by converting the existing diesel generators to a combination of biomass and solar technology while also extending the existing transmission networks to reach additional households. This will enable Sun-eee to offer low-cost, reliable power in these under-served markets and help to improve the lives of thousands of rural Cambodians.

“I am glad to have worked with IIX in securing this round of investment which has allowed me to purchase an IPP, replace the diesel-based charging stations with solar and biomass power plants, while aggressively expanding the transmission line network. These are the first steps to providing affordable energy to rural villagers in Cambodia. We will implement additional renewable energy power plants in the future to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged people and to reduce the greenhouse effect while protecting existing energy resources.” – Sov Leang, Founder, Sun-eee
 

IIX’s Role

IIX introduced Sun-eee to a group of angel investors who provided US$450,000 of funding in the form of convertible notes. This capital has enabled Sun-eee to purchase its first IPP and commence commercial operations. IIX continues to work with other potential investors with the goal of raising up to another US$3,000,000 in capital for Sun-eee.

IIX provided Sun-eee with exposure to investors through its Impact Partners platform, opportunities to present at events and facilitation of meetings with interested investors. With the Support of Asian Development Bank’s ‘Energy For All’ program, IIX was able to offer Sun-eee technical assistance in preparation for engaging with potential investors.

“IIX started working with Sun-eee after the company had completed a successful pilot and was looking for investment capital to scale the business. Over the last few months, we have worked closely with Sun-eee to refine their financial model and are thrilled to see that all the work has paid off with this investment. We look forward to continue supporting Sun-eee as it grows and brings prosperity to rural Cambodia.” – Robert Kraybill, Managing Director, IIX.
 

About IIX:

Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) is a Singapore-based organization with a mission to provide Social Enterprises (SEs) in Asia greater access to capital, allowing them to more rapidly expand the impact of their activities.

IIX offers three investment platforms – Impact Incubator, Impact Partners and Impact Exchange. Impact Incubator focuses on raising seed capital for start-up SEs while Impact Partners is a private placement platform dedicated to growth-stage SEs that are seeking expansion capital. IIX also recently announced the launch of Impact Exchange, operated by the Stock Exchange of Mauritius in collaboration with IIX. Impact Exchange is the world’s first “social stock exchange”, a regulated stock exchange dedicated to listing and trading securities issued by mature SEs and other socially-driven organizations. IIX’s sister not-for-profit company, Shujog assists in capital raising through its proprietary impact assessment, research, advocacy and advisory work.
 

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IIX announces successful close of investment in Spring Health, a Social Enterprise aiming to revolutionise access to drinking water in India

IIX announced today that its Impact Partners platform has successfully facilitated an investment from two private investors, alongside lead investors from the Artha initiative and the Stone Family Foundation, into Spring Health Water (India) Pte. Ltd., a for-profit Social Enterprise that provides safe and affordable drinking water to rural customers in India.

The investment will enable Spring Health to expand its operations throughout the Eastern states of India and impact the lives of over 400,000 people.
Spring Health

Spring Health was founded by Dr. Paul Polak, founder of International Development Enterprises (iDE), a non-profit organization which creates livelihood opportunities for poor rural households and Jacob Mathew, a serial entrepreneur who has set up design firms, a manufacturing unit, and retail enterprises.

Spring Health distributes safe and affordable water to villagers in Eastern India. To date, Spring Health has provided over 38,000 people in 95 villages with access to safe drinking water by building water tanks at kiranas (mom-and-pop shops) of rural entrepreneurs. Sourced locally, the water is treated with chlorine and sold at very low prices. Spring Health aims to impact over 800,000 households over the next two years and over 8 million people within the next 5 years.

“I’m delighted to have been introduced to a group of passionate impact investors through the IIX network. The investment will accelerate our provision of affordable and safe drinking water to rural people and support the organization in expanding its impact across more villages.” – Jacob Mathew, Founder of Spring Health
IIX’s Role

Spring Health had the opportunity to showcase its business to accredited investors at this year’s Impact Forum, an annual event co-organised by IIX and its sister not-for-profit organization, Shujog. IIX also introduced the company to its Impact Partners investor base and facilitated the investment process by securing two private investors. Meanwhile Shujog helped Spring Health create a social impact framework for measuring and assessing their impact.

IIX is delighted to have assisted Spring Health in raising investment capital which will allow it to scale up its current operations and expand the impact of its activities. We are also pleased to be able to support World Water Week, with the timely closing of this deal. This demonstrates our commitment to this year’s theme of “Water Cooperation: Building partnerships”. By facilitating access to capital for Social Enterprises through its platforms, IIX continues to contribute to the growth of social capital markets in Asia. – Robert Kraybill, Managing Director, IIX
About IIX:

Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) is a Singapore-based organization with a mission to provide Social Enterprises (SEs) in Asia with greater access to capital, allowing them to more rapidly expand the impact of their activities. IIX operates three investment platforms – Impact Incubator, Impact Partners and Impact Exchange. Impact Incubator focuses on raising seed capital for start-up SE’s while Impact Partners is a private placement platform dedicated to growth-stage SE’s that are looking for expansion capital. IIX recently launched Impact Exchange in partnership with the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. Impact Exchange is Asia’s first trading platform where mature SE’s can raise capital through the issuance of securities. IIX’s sister not-for-profit company Shujog assists in capital raising through its proprietary impact assessment, research, advocacy and advisory work.
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Li Kah Yan
Email: info@shujog.org
Telephone: +65 6221 7051

Are social stock exchanges the great equalizer to democratize development finance?

With the launch of the Social Stock Exchange in London almost simultaneously with the Impact Exchange, these two exchanges are rapidly redefining the sector. This article by Devex writes about how these two platforms operate and how they are changing the face of investing.

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