IDB Invest and OPIC launch first gender lens investment fund for Latin America and the Caribbean

The aim of the fund is to narrow the gender financing gap in Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting investment strategies focused on female entrepreneurs, companies with a significant share of women leaders, and firms that generate jobs or consumer products for women.

“Women-owned micro, small and medium-sized enterprises worldwide face a $1.7 trillion shortfall in access to finance. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the region with best gender parity in early-stage entrepreneurship, the business opportunity could reach more than $98 billion,” explains Gema Sacristan, chief investment officer at IDB Invest.

“With Fund Mujer, we are not only investing in women-owned and led enterprises. We are also investing in enterprises that provide quality…

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