Invest in Sustainable Livelihoods

Across Asia, many underserved women continue to be excluded from a dignified life. They remain trapped in subsistence living, preventing women—and consequently their families and communities—from becoming a catalytic force for society.

The award-winning Women’s Livelihood Bond™ Series tackles this issue head on.

The award-winning Women’s Livelihood Bond™ 2 (WLB2) is a US$100M debt security issued in three tranches. The WLB2 will empower one million underserved women in Asia with sustainable livelihoods.

The WLB2 builds on the success of the Women’s Livelihood Bond 1™ (WLB1), the world’s first impact investment product listed on a stock exchange and Bloomberg, reporting both social and financial returns. The WLB1 US$8 million innovative financial product is paying a coupon of 5.65% to its investors.

We monitor the borrowers’ social performance, including calculating their Social Return on Investment (SROI).

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Get Involved

It takes a village to close the gender gap.

Whether you are a lawyer, an investor, a corporate, or a banker, you have a role to play in building a stronger, more equitable future—be it through contributing your skills or investing in the WLB2.

Women's Livelihood Bond 1

The Women’s Livelihood Bond 1 is an award-winning US$8 million bond for impact enterprises and microfinance institutions to grow their businesses and scale social impact. The world’s first listed bond with dual focus on financial and social returns, empowering the lives of over 385,000 women in Southeast Asia.

We monitor the borrowers’ social performance, including calculating their Social Return on Investment (SROI).

How the Bond Works

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WLB™ is structured to create a “basket” (Special Purpose Vehicle- SPV) of Impact Enterprise issuers. Through that SPV, WLB™ raises funds from investors seeking financial and social returns.

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Proceeds from the bond are lent to the basket of Microfinance Institutions and Impact Enterprises whose activities benefit women

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Microfinance Institutions and Impact Enterprises are better able to serve women beneficiaries and improve their access to finance, essential goods, income-generating assets and vocational training

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Women effectively transition from rural subsistence living towards sustainable livelihoods – through access to credit, market linkages and affordable goods.

On the Ground with WLB1

“Before getting a loan, I had challenges providing for my children’s daily allowance when they go to school as well as financing my family’s livelihood from sugarcane farming. [With the support from the WLB1], it became easier to borrow money as long as you are a good payer and you work hard to earn.”  —Gina
The WLB1 empowers underserved women by enhancing access to finance, income-generating assets, and skills so that they can invest in themselves and their families’ long-term wellbeing. In the case of Gina from the Philippines, sending her children to school was not an affordable option until she received a loan funded by the WLB1, and was able to finance her children’s future.

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