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Gender Lens
Investing

Putting Our Money Where Our Mission Is

Women’s World Banking Capital Partners’ USD $50 million private equity is now fully invested with ten portfolio companies in eight countries.* The 27 investors in the Fund represent a mix of development finance institutions, private pension funds, inclusive finance investment vehicles, and individual investors. Investee institutions are outperforming peer groups in their respective markets on gender measures, such as percentage of women clients, female board members, female managers, and female staff. The Women’s World Banking Asset Management (WAM) team has been a particularly effective advocate for gender performance in those portfolio companies where it has Board representation.

*In April 2020, Women’s World Banking raised an additional $75 million in a second fund.

On average, the portfolio companies are serving 1.6 times the number of clients and 1.7 times the number of women clients since the Fund first invested in them.

The number of women reached by portfolio companies increased by 72% since first being invested in by the Fund.

95%

Average loan size gaps between men and women have narrowed with women’s average loan sizes reaching 82% in comparison to 95% of men’s average micro- and SME-loan sizes.

29%

On average women’s share of portfolio companies SME lending increased from 23% to 29%.

Women’s World Banking Capital Partners Fund is achieving above average returns compared to similar vintage emerging markets impact investing funds.

WWB Asset Management

Led by our President and CEO along with CJ Juhasz, our Chief Investment Officer, WWB Asset Management (WAM) increases the impact of the Women’s World Banking Capital Partners Fund by evaluating the companies it invests in for their gender diversity, outreach to women borrowers, and progress on gender action plans through our highly popular Gender Assessment Methodology. The assessment culminates in a free, high-level report that includes an overall gender diversity result and initial recommendations for improvement.

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