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Bellwether Microfinance Fund
GIIRS Pioneer
Fund Manager Name: Caspian Capital Partners
Fund Manager Website: http://www.caspian.in/
Rated: 02.14.2012

Fund Description

Bellwether Fund, a US$20 million fund launched in 2005, was designed as the first onshore Indian microfinance-focused venture fund, catering to the equity and quasi-equity needs of MFIs projecting microfinance into poorly served areas across India.

Fund Mission

To create social and financial value for investors and micro-entrepreneurs by combining strong micro finance operating and financial sector experience with a rigorous but creative investment approach. Bellwether shall work with a wide range of micro finance organisations, including young and promising programmes, which focus on both structural poverty alleviation and financial sustainability. Through working with these micro finance organisations Bellwether will contribute to an increased access to financial services of underserved groups across India irrespective of creed, caste or gender.

Vintage Year

2005

Geographic and Industry Investment Targets

Target Industry

Financial & insurance activities

Target Industries Description

Microfinance and adjacent sectors in Financial Inclusion space

Investment Region(s)

Asia

Countries of Investment

India

Geographic Target Description

None provided

Impact Investment Targets

Impact Targets

Socially beneficial prod/serv

Impact Targets Description

We only invest in companies that are engaged in bringing about inclusion of the poor, under-served and/ or disenfranchised into the formal financial system.

Socially Beneficial Products & Services

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

Environmentally Beneficial Products & Services

N/A