IIX’s award-winning Women’s Livelihood Bond™ (WLB™) Series is a series of innovative gender-lens blended financial products that empower women and girls across a multi-country and multi-sector portfolio. The bonds in the WLB™ Series qualify as Orange Bonds, empowering women and girls across emerging markets.
About the WLB™ Series
By addressing the three dimensions of risk, return, and impact, IIX created a new kind of financial instrument that delivers stable returns and sustainable impact to investors.
The US$8.5m WLB1 was the world’s first gender-lens impact investing security listed on a stock exchange in 2017.
To date, the WLB™ Series has mobilized US$228 million and is empowering 2,600,000 women and girls across emerging markets while providing consistent returns with no defaults recorded even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2023, IIX issued the sixth and largest bond in the Series, the US$100 million WLB6.
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WLB6 issued as the world’s largest Orange Bond
Building on the success of the US$50 million WLB5, IIX issued the largest bond in the WLB™ Series, the US$100 million WLB6 in December 2023. The WLB6 invests across 6 sectors and 5 countries and will empower women across multiple sustainability themes such as Climate Action. The bond also qualifies as the largest Orange Bond to date.