Financial Inclusion & SME Lending
Sustainable Agriculture / Fisheries
|Defaults||None (no call on USAID guarantee)|
|Coupon Payments||All scheduled coupon payments made on time|
|Indicators / Overall Outputs||Target||Actuals||Status|
|Total # of Female Beneficiaries (Directly)||40,775||43,875||Exceeded|
|Social Return on Investment (SROI)||~US$3.20||~US3.20||Met|
IMPACT MONITORING & VERIFICATION
As part of the social due diligence for WLB 2, IIX collects and verifies women-centric impact data on a semi-annual basis. This data is provided by borrowers’ via in-person and mobile-enabled stakeholder surveys through IIX Values™. Using IIX Values™, IIX can provide investors with impact reports that are verified by women on the ground, giving their voices a value in the market.
VOICES FROM THE FIELD
Sophy is a 48-year-old mother of four living in Kandal province, Cambodia. A micro-business owner, Sophy’s primary household income has been the grocery business which she has ran from her house for 12 years. Sophy started with a working capital loan of US$5,000 and a home improvement loan of US$10,000. With her income increasing by 60%, she has been able to provide a higher standard of living for her family and was even able to send her children to university.
Through IIX’s WLB 2, Sophy recently obtained a loan of US$15,000 which she used to buy a van so that her and her husband can deliver food to customers even during the pandemic and sustain their business. This aligns with IIX’s mission to empower women entrepreneurs to be pillars of COVID-relief, recovery, and resilience.
Champei is smallholder farmer who cultivates organic and sustainable rice. Before being formally integrated into the supply chain of rice exporters funded by WLB 2, Champei’s weekly income was highly unpredictable as she lacked a stable market to sell her rice and was subjected to highly volatile prices offered by middlemen. After becoming a formal supplier to Amru Rice, Champei benefits from a 20% increase in yield per harvest as a result of organic and climate-smart farming training she has received.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IIX WLB 2 has enabled women smallholder farmers like Champei to continue to increase her income through fair pricing and access to markets. These women now earn premium prices for her organic products which have further increased by 12% during COVID-19 as a result of the surge in demand for organic rice. This story epitomizes the critical role women play in accelerating Cambodia’s economic recovery from the pandemic and advancing global food security.