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Our expertise in Microfinance


Microfinance offers low-income households access to basic financial services. Because, like everyone else, people living in poverty need an inclusive range of financial services to run their businesses, build assets, and manage risks. Triodos Bank invests in microfinance to help develop a sustainable financial sector in developing countries.

X 21 years' experience

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

X 11 million

"Total number of micro entrepreneurs reached by the microfinance institutions in our portfolio at year-end 2014"

X 102 microfinance institutions

"Triodos Investment Management manages four funds that provide finance for around 102 microfinance institutions and banks in 44 countries"

X 44 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 2.66 billion EUR

"As at 31 December 2014, the total assets under management in our four microfinance funds"

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 2.5 billion people

"The estimated number of people globally who have no access to formal financial services"

X Commitment 

"Our aim is to build long-term relationships, based on transparency and fairness, and a shared commitment to relieving poverty and caring for the planet"

X 49% 

"The percentage of rural clients reached by the microfinance institutions we finance"

X Source of facts & figures

Triodos Group Annual Report 2014

Our expert:
Marilou van Golstein Brouwers

Marilou van Golstein Brouwers is Managing Director of Triodos Investment Management

‘The microfinance banks and institutions we invest in worldwide are a vital catalyst for sustainable change’

Marilou van Golstein Brouwers is Managing Director of Triodos Investment Management BV, and one of the world’s leading authorities on microfinance. She started working for Triodos Bank in 1990.

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Global Impact Investing Network

sp_giinThe Global Impact Investing Network is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of impact investing - for-profit investment made to solve social and environment problems. Triodos Investment Management is among the founding members.

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At Triodos Bank, we view the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines as the best and most widely recognised for reporting on sustainability in its widest sense, and we recommend the system to all our microfinance sector investees. Since 2004, we've been working in co-operation with the Global Reporting Initiative to help participating microfinance institutions report in accordance with GRI guidelines. Our own annual report has been GRI-compliant since 2000.