- Consortium II’s goal is to encourage and facilitate a product innovation in microfinance
Deutsche Bank announced it has reached the USD 100 million commitment target for Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium II, a first-ever fund to support the growth of microfinance institutions (“MFIs”) that pursue a high level of client care, transparency of operations and pricing, and product innovation.
Consortium II’s goal is to encourage and facilitate a renewed focus on client service and product innovation in microfinance, while continuing to develop the field of social investing. To date, Consortium II has supported more than 30 client-focused MFIs operating in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia. In addition to loan capital, Consortium II borrowers have access to technical assistance to improve customer service and achieve Smart Campaign certification for the Microfinance Client Protection Principles, which aims to embed client protection practices into the institutional culture and operations of the microfinance industry.
Consortium II also provides new opportunities to invest in social enterprises in the fields of healthcare, education, energy, agribusiness and technology that operate at the base of the economic pyramid. Consortium II has already disbursed a USD 2 million loan to the Indian School Finance Company.
Consortium II represents a partnership with investors who share a focus on responsible microfinance, including AXA France VIE, AXA Germany, Calvert Foundation, CNP Assurances, Développement international Desjardins (DID), Everence Community Investments, KfW, Left Hand Foundation, Money in Motion LLC, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), State Street, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Storebrand and University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.
“Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium II aims to provide access to much-needed capital for microfinance institutions that make customer service a priority,” says Jacques Brand, Chief Executive Officer, North America, Deutsche Bank.