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Our expertise in Microfinance

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Microfinance is the provision of financial services to low-income people in developing countries. An inclusive financial sector, where the majority of people have access to financial services, provides a sustainable basis for balanced socio-economic development.


Our expertise facts and figures
X 7.9 million

Total number of loan clients reached by the microfinance institutions in our portfolio at year-end 2011

X 18 years experience

Triodos Bank has been a pioneering provider of capital to microfinance since 1994

X 95 microfinance institutions

Triodos Investment Management manages four funds that provide finance for around 95 microfinance institutions

X 43 countries

We're supporting microfinance in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe

X Active Shareholder

Through our funds, we're an active shareholder in 19 microfinance institutions. This allows us to share our knowledge and banking expertise

X 362 million EUR

As at 31 December 2011, the total assets under management of our four microfinance funds

X New countries

In 2011 we added Angola, Ghana and Jordan to our list of countries where we are active as a microfinance investor

X Funds for all stages

Our funds are suited to the needs of microfinance institutions at all stages of development, from start-ups onwards

X 2.7 billion

Of the world's adults still lack access to financial services

X Commitment

Our aim is to build long term relationships, based on transparency and fairness, and a shared commitment to access for all and caring for the planet

X 46%

The percentage of rural clients reached by the microfinance institutions financed by us at year-end 2010

Our expert: Marilou van Golstein Brouwers

Marilou van Golstein Brouwers is Managing Director of Triodos Investment Management

‘Focusing on the interests of microfinance clients is the only way to achieve long-term sustainable financial results.'

Marilou van Golstein Brouwers is Managing Director of Triodos Investment Management BV,  and a leading authority on microfinance. She started working for Triodos Bank in 1990. She was a member of...

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Networks and Partners

International Association of Microfinance Investors

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 A global membership organization exclusively dedicated to serving current and potential microfinance investors, especially those who invest in funds and other vehicles. Triodos Investment Management is a founding member.

Women’s World Banking

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 Triodos Bank is among the key supporters of Women’s World Banking, whose mission is to expand the economic assets, participation, and power of poor women as entrepreneurs and economic agents by increasing their access to finance, knowledge and markets


Our products supporting Microfinance

Looking for funding?

Don't hesitate to contact us for more information on how we can provide funding for your financial institution.

Triodos Microfinance Fund

A sound investment in financial services for low-income people in developing countries

Triodos Bank in action

One valuable way of sharing our knowledge is through active board membership of all the microfinance institutions in which we are a shareholder.

In each case, a senior member of our team serves as a director or alternate director on the Board, making available Triodos Bank's wide-ranging expertise in microfinance and sustainable banking.