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Trailblazer in Impact Interview Series: OTAGO

The Trailblazers in Impact Interview Series celebrates some of the partners we’ve worked with over the years in creating positive social and environmental impact.

In this edition, we speak with Founder and CEO of OTAGO, Carlo Figa Talamanca, who has been working with Impact Partners since 2018 in measuring their impact, and currently working on raising capital to expand their operations.

OTAGO manufactures high-quality char-briquettes using recycled biomass, as a sustainable alternative to traditional charcoal and wood, which account for over 90% of cooking fuel sources for Cambodian households. The use of wood and charcoal has many adverse side-effects, such as indoor pollution, and is one of the leading causes of disease and death in rural areas.

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Trailblazer in Impact Interview Series: Leon Toh, Damson Capital

The Trailblazers in Impact Interview Series celebrates some of the partners we’ve worked with over the years in creating positive social and environmental impact.

In this edition, we speak with Founder and Executive Director of Damson Capital, Leon Toh. In 2015, Leon Toh and Dr Amir Amiruddin founded Damson Capital, an impact investing and advisory firm based in Singapore. The firm develops impact enterprises in Asia with the potential for impact on their communities and sustained financial returns.

In addition to founding Damson Capital, Leon also served on the board of directors for Biomass Group, a renewable energy company in Sri Lanka. Prior to this, he was a strategy analyst at Accenture. Leon also co-founded Eden + Elie, a socially conscious jewelry brand in Singapore.

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Trailblazer in Impact Interview Series: ATEC* Biodigesters

The Trailblazers in Impact Interview Series celebrates some of the partners we’ve worked with over the years in creating positive social and environmental impact.

In this edition, we speak with the CEO of ATEC* Biodigesters, Ben Jeffreys. ATEC* Biodigesters has been working with Impact Partners since 2016, helping ATEC* to raise Series A Funding. ATEC’s biodigesters process green waste into biogas for clean cooking and organic fertilizer. In 2019, IIX facilitated another round of funding for ATEC to roll out the world’s first pay-as-you-go model for biodigesters. By installing a biodigester system, farming households can access a reliable source of free, clean energy, replacing traditional wood-burning cook stoves with a cleaner, healthier alternative. Prior to his work at ATEC, Ben served as a development manager at the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Oxfam Australia.

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The first-ever gender bond series listed in Asia-Pacific receives new UN support – Global Analytics Market

The first-ever Multi-Country Gender Binding Series (ESCAP), the Asia-Pacific Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Rockefeller Foundation, has gained new funding from Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)’s winning Women’s Livelihood BondTM Series (WLB Series).

The second multi-country gender bond, Women’s Livelihood Bond 2 (WLB 2) IIX, which was to be listed on the Singapore Exchange successfully closed off the US$ 12 million. For more than 250,000 underserved women in the country, WLB2 would create sustainable livelihoods. It is the second bond in IIX’s winning, US, Asian, African, Australian, and New Zealand-based WLB Series.READ MORE

Impact Exchange Issues Pro-Women Bond Tranche- FiNews.Asia

Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange has successfully closed the bond targeted at improving women’s livelihood in Asia – the second such debt issuance of its kind.

The bond is part of the «Women’s Livelihood Bond» (WLB) series which aims to «create sustainable livelihoods» for over 2 million women across Asia. The WLBs are the first «gender lens bonds» for several countries in Asia including Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) – a Singapore-based bourse focused on issuing securities that generate both returns and real social or environmental impact – issued its first WLB in 2017 and its latest issuance raised $12 million.  READ MORE

IIX closes second multi-country gender bond in Asia-Pacific – The Asset

Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has successfully closed the US$12 million Women’s Livelihood Bond 2 (WLB2), the second multi-country gender bond in the Asia-Pacific to be listed on a stock exchange, the Singapore Exchange (SGX), creating sustainable livelihoods for over 250,000 underserved women in the region.

Demonstrating the scalability and replicability of the WLB Series, IIX will be launching the third Women’s Livelihood Bond (WLB3) in 2020, and will build on the success of the WLB1 and WLB2 by expanding to include more countries and new sectors. The WLB2 is the first ICMA and Asean Capital Markets-certified social bond focused on women’s empowerment.  READ MORE

Asia-Pacific’s first-ever multi-country listed gender bond series gains new support from the United Nations – UNESCAP

Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)’s award-winning Women’s Livelihood BondTM Series (WLB Series) – Asia-Pacific’s first-ever multi-country gender bond series to be listed on a stock exchange – has gained new support the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Rockefeller Foundation.

IIX successfully closed the US$12 million Women’s Livelihood Bond 2 (WLB2), IIX’s second multi-country gender bond to be listed on the Singapore Exchange. WLB2 will create sustainable livelihoods for more than 250,000 underserved women in the region. This is the second bond in IIX’s award-winning WLB Series, which boasts investors from the U.S., Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.   READ MORE

Singapore-based impact investor IIX closes $12m Women’s Livelihood Bond 2 – Deal Street Asia

Singapore-based impact investing organisation Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) on Wednesday announced that it has closed the $12-million Women’s Livelihood Bond 2 (WLB2), aiming to create sustainable livelihoods for over 250,000 underserved women in the Asia Pacific region. The WLB2 will become the second multi-country gender bond in the Asia Pacific to be listed on the Singapore Exchange, following the footsteps of the $8 million Women’s Livelihood Bond (WLB1) that was issued and listed on the same bourse in 2017, according to a statement. READ MORE

New US$12m women’s livelihood bonds to list on SGX – The Business Times

SINGAPORE-BASED capital firm Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) on Wednesday closed its second Women’s Livelihood Bond (WLB).

The US$12 million bonds will have a four-year tenor and carry a coupon of 4 per cent per annum, IIX told The Business Times.

This is IIX’s second issuance under its more than US$150 million WLB series, which provides financing to under-served women in the Asia-Pacific. The third issuance will be launched later this year, and IIX will expand it to include more countries and new sectors.

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Daily Briefing: Local listings snub Singapore for Hong Kong; Impact investor IIX closes $12m Women’s Livelihood Bond 2- Singapore Business Review

Singapore-based impact investing organisation Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) on Wednesday announced that it has closed the $12-million Women’s Livelihood Bond 2 (WLB2), aiming to create sustainable livelihoods for over 250,000 underserved women in the Asia Pacific region.

The WLB2 will become the second multi-country gender bond in the Asia Pacific to be listed on the Singapore Exchange, following the footsteps of the $8 million Women’s Livelihood Bond (WLB1) that was issued and listed on the same bourse in 2017, according to a statement.  READ MORE