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GIIRS Pioneer
Fund Manager Name: Catalyst Microfinance Investors
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Rated: 04.02.2012

Fund Description

Private equity fund

Fund Mission

To export and replicate the highly successful ASA model of microfinance around the world. To establish ASA replicas owned and operated by an international microfinance holding company. It seeks to strengthen their ability to provide much needed capital to low-income people and Micro-enterprises located in poor and distressed communities that are unable to obtain proper access to traditional financial services.

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Geographic and Industry Investment Targets

Target Industry

Financial & insurance activities

Target Industries Description

Micro Finance Institutions

Investment Region(s)

Asia | Africa

Countries of Investment

Afghanistan | Cambodia | Ghana | India | Nigeria | Pakistan | Philippines | Sri Lanka

Geographic Target Description

Densely populated countries in Asia and Africa (mostly economically & socially less progressed countries of Asia and Africa)

Impact Investment Targets

Impact Targets

Socially beneficial prod/serv | Targeting the underserved

Impact Targets Description

To deliver basic financial services to low income micro entrepreneurs to improve their socioeconomic conditions and to support this underprivileged community / predominantly low income female clients in self-empowerment.

Socially Beneficial Products & Services

Access to basic services | Economic &/or empowerment opportunities | Capital Flow (microfinance, equity, etc)

Environmentally Beneficial Products & Services