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Our funds show strong performance in micro and SME finance and generate competitive financial returns. They also have effective social impact in emerging markets by encouraging entrepreneurial spirit. We ensure compliance with international business standards for our Funds, generating high quality financial information. Our company’s core principles focus on integrity, transparency and professionalism. This is the basis of long-standing relationships with all our stakeholders.

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Despite the development of financial markets, micro, small and medium enterprises as well as low-income individuals in CEE still experience difficulties in accessing proper financing. This is especially crucial for start-ups and to access long term funding. The mission of CoopEst is to foster the development of a socially-rooted financial sector in Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus (CEEC).

Established in 2006 by European social economy institutions (Crédit Coopératif, MACIF), together with the IFC (World Bank Group) and joined in 2009 by the European Investment Fund, support financial eligible intermediaries in target countries, enabling them to leverage further funding and to expand their outreach.

Size

Current investment capacity is EUR 18.9 M.

Type of services

Subordinated and senior loans enabling partners to leverage further funding.

Targeted institutions

MFIs, cooperative banks and credit unions in growth phase.

Area of intervention

Countries from Central and Eastern Europe enlarged to Caucasus.

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Social and economic innovation is key to reduce poverty, unemployment and inequalities that are eroding the social cohesion in in the countries on the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean. Through its activities CoopMed aims to:

  • Foster job creation and economic opportunities through the support of local financial actors
  • Support initiatives for economic development promoted by the local civil society
  • Fight climate change by promoting green and innovative initiatives
  • Promote all forms of social economy initiatives: cooperatives, social, green and micro entrepreneurship

Created by and for actors of the social economy, CoopMed aims at sharing its shareholder’s expertise and know-how. Each investment decision is approved by the Board of Directors, composed of shareholders and bondholder’s representatives.

CoopMed establishes strong social performance policy both through client social performance measurement and monitoring and through a dedicated, but separate, technical assistance facility. The purpose of the TA facility is to reinforce clients’ capacities to better achieve their social mission and thereby positively impacting the lives of final beneficiaries.

Size

Current investment capacity is EUR 17.3 M.

Type of services

Financial Support: subordinated and senior loans in local currency (in EUR/USD if possible).
Technical Assistance: Capacity building, Financial engineering, SPM and impact evaluation.

Targeted institutions

MFIs, local banks and mutual companies to finance the social economy sector, especially through the financing of cooperatives and social businesses.

Area of intervention

Countries on the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean. Lybia and Syria will integrate the zone of eligibility once international sanctions will be lifted.

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CoopMed is granted Finansol label : Go to Finansol website.

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Unemployment and social exclusion, uncertainty about the future, refugee crisis: the situation of a significant portion of the European population is worrying. In this context, and based on our 10+ years of experience of financing microfinance in Europe, Inpulse has decided to launch a pilot initiative to improve access to micro loans for small entrepreneurs and social enterprises: Helenos.

Designed to fill a market gap in the European social finance sector, it plays the role of an open incubator for small financial intermediaries. Helenos has the ambition to support and empower people striving for social and financial integration.

Launched in 2018, Helenos is the first private equity fund for inclusive finance in Europe. It is made to strengthen the capital base of financial intermediaries targeting micro, small and social enterprises. Helenos provides equity, subordinated and senior loans to support economically sustainable and socially oriented institutions. Helenos beneficiates of the support of the European Commission’s Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).

Size

Current investment capacity is EUR 19.5M

Type of services

Equity and subordinated loans enabling financial intermediaries to leverage further funding

Targeted institutions

MFIs, cooperative banks, credit unions and financial intermediaries targeting social entrepreneurs in a growth phase

Area of intervention

Members states of the European Union, Albania, Kosovo, Iceland, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Moldova, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey

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Helenos is an Art.9 fund in line with Regulation (EU) 2019/2088. The key information can be found here : Helenos Factsheet SFDR.

Label

Helenos is granted Finansol label : Go to Finansol website.

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The new European solidarity financing fund for Africa, FEFISOL II, closed in May 2022 with EUR 22.5M and a technical support envelope of EUR 1M.

FEFISOL II is the successor fund of FEFISOL I, which terminated in July 2021.

Promoters for both funds are SIDI (France) and Alterfin (Belgium).  Similar to FEFISOL I, FEFISOL II is dedicated to financing with debt instruments African rural microfinance institutions and agricultural entities sourcing from small-holder farmers in Africa.

Size

Current investment capacity is EUR 22.5M.

Type of services

Financial Support: subordinated and senior loans in local currency (in EUR/USD if possible).
Technical Assistance: Capacity building, Financial engineering, SPM and impact evaluation.

Targeted institutions

Microfinance Institutions or Agricultural Companies and Cooperatives sourcing from smallholders, most of which are Fair Trade or organic certified.

Area of intervention

African countries, except those facing international sanctions.

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