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Zero Gap Fund-Backed Investee Impact Investment Exchange Announces Maturation of Women’s Livelihood Bond 2 – The Rockefeller Foundation

IIX’s WLB2 is one of 12 investments in the Zero Gap Fund, an impact investing collaboration between The Rockefeller Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Singapore | January 16, 2024 — Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)’s Women’s Livelihood Bond™ 2 (WLB2), Asia-Pacific’s multi-country, multi-sector Orange Bond has fully matured. This milestone marks the completion of a US$12 million issuance with a 4-year tenure and a 4% coupon, qualifying as both an Orange Bond and ICMA Social Bond. Aligned with 12 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, WLB2 has significantly empowered the sustainable livelihoods of over 250,000 underserved women and girls across Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

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IIX facilitates $500,000 funding for Detech Coffee – Vietnam Investment Review

Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), a trailblazer in the global impact investing movement, announced the successful mobilisation of $500,000 for Detech Coffee on January 15, thanks to its partnership with Incofin, a major global impact investment firm headquartered in Belgium.

Detech Coffee is a successful women-owned and operated enterprise in northern Vietnam and is renowned for its sustainable and certified Arabica coffee production and collaboration with ethnic minorities. The $500,000 fund via debt investment boosts its working capital and production volume.

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APG hunts impact and returns in gender equity and climate action SDGs – Top 1000 Funds

A recent investment by APG, the €517 billion Dutch asset manager, in a Woman’s Livelihood Bond that provides access to capital for women entrepreneurs in Asia and Africa provides a compelling alternative to emerging market corporate and sovereign debt or DFI issuance.

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Maturity of IIX’s Women’s Livelihood Bond™ 2 (WLB2) Marks Another Historic Achievement in Gender-Lens Impact Investing for IIX

January 16, 2024 – SINGAPORE – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)’s Women’s Livelihood Bond™ 2 (WLB2), Asia-Pacific’s multi-country, multi-sector Orange Bond has fully matured. This milestone marks the completion of a US$12 million issuance with a 4-year tenure and a 4% coupon, qualifying as both an Orange Bond and ICMA Social Bond. Aligned with 12 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, WLB2 has significantly empowered the sustainable livelihoods of over 250,000 underserved women and girls across Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

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IIX scores $100 million for its sixth Women’s Livelihood Bond – Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, December 13 – Since launching the bond series in 2017, the Singapore-based impact investment firm has raised nearly $230 million to support women’s economic empowerment in Asia. With ever-larger issuances, IIX has evolved its investment thesis, focusing on the intersection of gender and climate issues. Women’s Livelihood Bond 6 is the second in the series to be issued under the Orange Bond framework, which IIX helped develop for social bonds supporting gender equity (“orange” is used for Sustainable Development Goal No. 5).

APG funds women-focused bond targeting Asia, Africa – Asia Investor

With a $30 million investment, APG is anchoring a transformative bond designed to empower women entrepreneurs in Asia and Africa’s emerging markets by merging investor returns with meaningful social progress.

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Women’s Livelihood Bond: empowering women and girls in developing countries – APG Asset Management

On behalf of its pension fund clients, APG has invested USD 30 million (December 8, 2023) in a bond that provides access to capital for women entrepreneurs across a number of Asian and African countries. By empowering women, this investment aligns with APG’s clients’ ambitions to tackle gender inequality wherever they invest, all over the world.

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Press Release: IIX’s Women’s Livelihood Bond™ 6 Breaks New Ground with US$100 Million Issuance as the Largest Orange Bond in the Market, Expected to Empower Over 880,000 Women and Girls in the Global South – Next Billion

Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), the pioneer in Impact Investing, marks a monumental achievement by successfully pricing the Women’s Livelihood Bond™ 6 (WLB6) at an unprecedented size for gender-based investment bonds of US$100 million. This achievement is expected to uplift over 880,000 women and girls in the Global South, making it the largest issuance in the acclaimed WLB Series.

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IIX’s Women’s Livelihood Bond™ 6 Breaks New Ground with US$100 Million Issuance as the Largest Orange Bond in the Market, Expected to Empower Over 880,000 Women and Girls in the Global South

Singapore, 12 December 2023 – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), the pioneer in Impact Investing, marks a monumental achievement by successfully pricing the Women’s Livelihood Bond™ 6 (WLB6) at an unprecedented size for gender-based investment bonds of US$100 million, with a 7.25% coupon rate. This achievement is expected to uplift over 880,000 women and girls in the Global South, making it the largest issuance in the acclaimed WLB Series.

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Innovative Gender Bond Series Uplifts Rural Women to Drive Climate Action in Asia – Inter Press Service

Credit: Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

BANGKOK, Thailand, Nov 22 2023 (IPS) – Rural women across Asia play a key role producing, processing, and trading agricultural products, and are often the primary users and managers of natural resources.

Despite this, discriminatory practices and stereotypes all too often limit their access to the technologies, information and economic opportunities needed to build resilience against environmental shocks and increase their incomes.

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