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MicroFund for Women supports microentrepreneurs during COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday 9th, June 2021

Hassan Romani, Senior Investment Analyst, Europe, Central Asia & MENA 

With the pandemic hitting the Middle East in the first quarter of 2020, Jordan was one of the first countries to swiftly implement strict travel restrictions and to introduce both full and partial lockdowns. While these m

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Press release: Symbiotics arranges a Sustainability Bond in Armenia with AraratBank for USD 14.5 million

Tuesday 8th, June 2021

Symbiotics, the leading market access platform for impact investing, has arranged a USD 14.5 million Sustainability Bond for AraratBank.

Proparco, the private sector financing arm of Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD Group), has made a USD 5 million subscription to this Sustainabilit

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Press release: Symbiotics launches the first Sustainability Bond in Georgia with MFO Crystal for USD 5 million in local currency equivalent

Monday 17th, May 2021

Symbiotics, the leading market access platform for impact investing, has arranged the first Sustainability Bond ever issued in Georgia by raising USD 5 million in Georgian Lari equivalent for JSC MFO Crystal (“Crystal”).

The proceeds of the Sustainability Bond will be used to finance both Soc

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The third snapshot in the Covid-19 CGAP-Symbiotics series is available

Wednesday 28th, April 2021

This latest update confirms that the microfinance sector remains resilient and on its way to a cautious and gradual recovery, but the pace depends on type of institution, region, and capital buffers.

Read the latest snapshot with a spotlight on Latin America: Snapshot: MFIs During the Crisis – Ap

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Press release: IFU and Symbiotics provide USD 22.5 million in financing to develop financial inclusion in Africa through a multi-currency bond

Thursday 22nd, April 2021

The Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) established by the Danish Government has partnered with Symbiotics to provide debt financing to between 15 and 20 financial institutions in Africa through a multi-currency impact bond. The main impact objective of this investment is to foster develo

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Press release: Symbiotics launches Tameo, an independent spin-off focusing on enhancing impact funds with support services

Thursday 22nd, April 2021

Symbiotics is pleased to announce the launch of Tameo Impact Fund Solutions, a new company offering reference products to impact investors and fund managers, centered around research solutions (surveys, indexes, benchmarks, publications), impact solutions (labelling, reporting, measurement, verifica

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Joint interview – Roland Dominicé & Jonathan Normand: Symbiotics becomes a B Corp™

Thursday 15th, April 2021

Joint interview with Roland Dominicé, CEO of Symbiotics and Jonathan Normand, founding Director of B Lab Switzerland.

Symbiotics is one of the pioneering and leading actors in the field of impact investing. Could you please tell us a little bit more about the company?

Roland Dominicé: We sta

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Press release: Symbiotics becomes a Certified B Corporation®; rated among the highest in Switzerland

Thursday 15th, April 2021

Symbiotics is proud to announce that the firm has completed the process to become a Certified B Corporation®, joining a global community of companies assessed on the highest standards of social and environmental performance and ethical business practices.
Symbiotics was certified by the non-profit

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Symbiotics won the Award for innovation – bond structure (green bond) category in Environmental Finance’s 2021 Bond Awards

Wednesday 31st, March 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Green bond we structured for Pan Asia Pan Asia Banking corporation in Sri Lanka, for a total volume of LKR 1.42 billion (USD 7.75 million), won the Award for innovation – bond structure (green bond) category in Environmental Finance’s 2021 Bond Awards.

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Returning to microfinance field visits in India

Wednesday 24th, February 2021

Shefali’s travel notes, Investment Analyst in Singapore
When I arrived in India a couple weeks ago, after many months confined in Singapore, the most bizarre thing of all that struck me was how normal things appeared. At least superficially. The usual hustle and bustle on the streets has resumed

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The second snapshot in the Covid-19 CGAP-Symbiotics series is available

Tuesday 23rd, February 2021

This update confirms that MFIs remain resilient. A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, liquidity concerns in the microfinance sector have not materialized as anticipated. Where loan payments moratoria ended, repayments rates have been encouraging. Disbursements are also picking up again, closer to what

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KfW Development Bank invests EUR 20 million in the Regional MSME Investment Fund for Sub-Saharan Africa (REGMIFA)

Thursday 14th, January 2021

REGMIFA, an impact investment fund advised by Symbiotics, has attracted a further EUR 20 million from German-based KfW to promote private investment under the G20 Compact with Africa program, initiated under the German G20 presidency. KfW manages this investment on behalf of the German Federal Minis

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Symbiotics launches COP 35,8 billion (USD 10,5 million) Social Bond with La Hipotecaria Colombia

Wednesday 23rd, December 2020

Symbiotics, the leading market access platform for impact investing, has arranged its first Social Bond to be used for affordable housing and associated household financing, by means of a loan in local currency of COP 35,8 billion (USD 10,5 million) for La Hipotecaria Compañía de Financiamiento (

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Press release: Invethos and Symbiotics partner up through enhanced Emerging Impact Bond Fund

Monday 30th, November 2020

Invethos, a sustainable wealth manager, and Symbiotics, the leading market access platform for impact investing, have established a partnership through the enhanced Emerging Impact Bond Fund (EIBF). Since Symbiotics launched the fund in 2015, EIBF has built a five-year track record investing predomi

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Press release: Symbiotics launches first AMD 5,283,232,000 (USD 10,700,000) Sustainability Bond with ARMECONOMBANK OJSC in Armenia

Monday 30th, November 2020

Symbiotics, the leading market access platform for impact investing, has arranged its first Sustainability Bond, that is also the first such bond in Armenia, by raising AMD 5,283,232,000 (USD 10,700,000) in local currency for ARMECONOMBANK OJSC (“AEB”).

This bond is issued via Symbiotics’ s

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