The Women’s Livelihood Bond™




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Countries of Operation

Bangladesh , Indonesia , South Africa ,


Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)’s Women’s Livelihood Bond™ Series was a State-of-the-Art Partnership of the Year Award in 2019. These are innovative financial instruments that bring together multi-sector ecosystem actors to mobilize large-scale private investment to drive women’s economic empowerment across multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – including SDG 1, 2, 5, 8, 13 and 17. The first Women’s Livelihood Bond (WLB1)—which is the world’s first impact investing instrument to be listed on a stock exchange and quoted on Bloomberg, reporting both social and financial returns—was oversubscribed by investors, and raised US $8M in private capital to empower 385,000 underserved women across Southeast Asia to transition from subsistence to sustainable livelihoods. IIX is now launching the second Women’s Livelihood Bond 2 (WLB2)— a US $100M debt security issued over 3-4 tranches that benefits at least 1 million women across Asia. Read more here.


United States Agency for International Development (USAID)



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