Investing for financial inclusion
Our resources are directed where they're likely to have the greatest possible impact: to small institutions that focus on the sustainable inclusion of women and marginalized populations. Our objectives are clear:
- Promote the emergence and development of strong microfinance institutions
- Make significant, lasting improvements to access to financial services
- Strengthen the governance of funded institutions
- Provide leverage to attract other investors
An analytical approach for tangible results
Our approach is based on a thorough analysis of the institutions we support. Specifically, we look at their financial soundness, their social impact and the measures they take to advance gender equality and protect the environment.
In 25 years, millions of families helped
More than 60 investments made
Direct investments in some 20 countries
More than 35 partner institutions supported
The Aequitas fund: a lever of CAN$50 million for financing
In 2020, Desjardins International Development (DID) expanded its commitment to impact investing by creating the Aequitas fund. By focusing on small institutions, which are often overlooked by large investment funds, Aequitas acts as a lever to finance development in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
By encouraging financial inclusion, Aequitas supports gender equality, combats climate change and achieves other United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The invested capital directly supports the growth and good governance of beneficiary institutions, and can be combined with technical assistance. Beneficiaries therefore see improved capacity and achieve their development objectives.