UN Sustainable Development Goals 8,9 und 10

IIV Sustainable SME Dept Fund EM - Finance for Future

Creating Jobs and Promoting Sustainable Development – Through Loans to SMEs

Around 600 million jobs need to be created in emerging markets[1] by 2030 to provide livelihoods for their growing populations.[2] Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a crucial role in these countries and already account for 30-50 percent of today’s jobs. We want to promote this and, in particular, offer young people in emerging career prospects in their countries of origin. For this reason, we launched the “IIV Sustainable SME Debt Fund EM – Finance for Future” on 1 June 2021 as a special fund for professional and semi-professional investors.

An SMEs financing gap of USD 4.5 trillion existed even before the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.[3] This amount is needed by SMEs in low- and middle-income countries, according to a study conducted by the World Bank. Around nine million companies in emerging markets do not yet have adequate access to the capital markets. Providing loans to SMEs in emerging markets is now more important than ever and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and 10 (Reduced Inequalities). As an investor, the fund allows you to invest in a low-correlated asset class with a fair market return.

As a longstanding impact investor, we have the experience and network needed to manage these investments with a reasonable return for our investors.


[1] There is no official definition of "emerging markets". We understand it to include all recipient countries of development aid or low- and middle-income countries according to the World Bank classification. For more detailed information see: DAC List of ODA Recipients - OECD.

[2] Merotto, Dino; Weber, Michael; Aterido, Reyes (2018), Pathways to Better Jobs in IDA Countries: Findings from Jobs Diagnostics. World Bank:  Washington, DC., S. 5f.

[3] International Finance Corporation (2017), MSME Finance Gap, Washington D.C., S. 28.

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