• First Finance

    300,000 people in phnom penh live in slums: one quarter of the population

    First Finance is the first and only finance company
    in Cambodia specializing
    in home financing to
    low-income families

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  • Barefoot Power

    30% of a family’s income
    is spent on kerosene,
    a $36 billion industry

    Barefoot Power produces
    clean and affordable solar
    lamps and energy solutions
    for low-income families

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  • Clear Cambodia

    5 million cambodians lack clean water, risking waterborne diseases

    Khmer Water Supply
    expands access to drinking
    water for rural Cambodians
    without clean water

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  • Sustaintech

    500,000 indians die yearly from indoor air pollution due to cooking

    Sustaintech produces smokeless, fuel-efficient, and environmentally friendly cookstoves for
    small businesses

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  • Joma

    225,000 new victims are trafficked yearly in Southeast Asia

    Joma International
    offers sustainable employment to women
    who are victims of abuse,
    violence, and trafficking

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  • Biosense

    136,000 maternal deaths
    are linked to anemia in
    India every year

    Biosense Technologies
    developed a low-cost device
    for anemia screening without
    the prick of a needle

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  • Mera Gao Power

    There are 400 million
    people living off the
    grid in India

    For 50 cents a week,
    Mera Gao Power
    provides electricity as
    a service through micro
    grids in rural India

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barefoot power
"We will bring electricity to the millions of people who currently use kerosene lighting."
Stewart Craine & Harry Andrews, Founders
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Barefoot Power

Developing Asia, Africa

Barefoot Power designs and distributes solar-based efficient energy solutions to low-income rural communities.

With the broadest product range available in the micro-solar market, from a stand-alone solar lamp to a multi-household energy system, Barefoot has sold over 400,000 solar systems since it began operations.

Portfolio

Energy

Stage

Early Stage

Instrument

Equity

Year

2012

Fund

Insitor Seed Fund

biosense
"We want to turn the present healthcare paradigm on its head, and make medical technology accessible to everyone, regardless of economic status."
Myshkin Ingawale, Co-Founder
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Biosense Technologies

India

Mumbai-based BioSense developed ToucHb, a handheld, battery-operated device that gives instant estimation of hemoglobin levels without the prick of a needle.

ToucHB enables screening for anemia and simplifies monitoring of treatment on a regular basis, providing health workers with appropriate technology and actionable data in low-resource settings.

Portfolio

Healthcare

Stage

Startup

Instrument

Equity

Year

2012

Fund

Insitor Seed Fund

first finance
"For the first time, home financing will be available to middle and lower-income Cambodians."
Talmage Payne, Chairman & Founder
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First Finance MFI

Cambodia

First Finance Plc. is the first and only financial institution in Cambodia specializing in home financing to low-income households.

First Finance offers home acquisition and home improvement loan products using a microfinance perspective to traditional banking products.

The company is currently operating from its headquarters in Phnom Penh and branches in Siem Reap and Battambang. It plans to expand to three additional provincial branches within two years.

Portfolio

Housing

Stage

Startup

Instrument

Equity

Year

2009

Fund

Insitor Seed Fund

joma
"We are all about improving lives.
Everything we do is to this end."
Michael Harder, COO & Co-Founder
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Joma International

Laos, Vietnam

Joma is a leading chain of bakeries and cafés in Southeast Asia that provide sustainable employment to women who are at-risk or victims of abuse, violence, and trafficking.

Joma operates five fully-owned cafés in Hanoi, Vietnam and the two biggest Laotian cities, Vientiane and Luang Prabang. It plans to expand to Cambodia in 2013 and to Thailand in 2014.

Portfolio

INCOME ENHANCEMENT

Stage

Early Stage

Instrument

Equity and Mezzanine

Year

2009

Fund

Insitor Seed Fund

water
"Clean water will arrive to consumers at a lower cost than the alternatives, with significant convenience and improved
social status."
Christophe Forsinetti, Co-Founder
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Khmer Water Supply

Cambodia

Khmer Water Supply operates a portfolio of small-scale piped water networks that distribute clean drinking water directly to households in rural Cambodia.

Each individual network consists of a centralized filtration system, ground well and water tower for storage, and underground piping that connects to end user households with a water meter.

The service provides improved pricing and convenience compared to alternatives such as ceramic filters and chlorination.

Portfolio

Water

Stage

Startup

Instrument

Equity

Year

2013

Fund

Insitor Seed Fund

mera
"Our goal is to provide 400 million rural Indians access to clean light"
Sandeep Pandey, Co-Founder
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Mera Gao Power

India

Mera Gao Power builds and operates village-based solar micro grids to provide electricity to off-grid households in Uttar Pradesh, India.

MGP’s lighting facilities generate electricity through centrally-located solar panels and distribute it across the village to power LED lights and mobile phone chargers in customers’ households.

These facilities offer MGP’s customers both a lower priced and higher quality lighting alternative to kerosene.

Portfolio

Energy

Stage

Startup

Instrument

Equity

Year

2012

Fund

Insitor Seed Fund

sustaintech
"We are working to build energy solution systems for all."
Svati Bhogle, CEO & Founder
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Sustaintech India

India

Sustaintech produces a range of commercial cookstoves to street food vendors and community kitchens.

The environmentally-friendly, fuel-efficient, and smokeless stoves allow for healthier workplaces and substantial savings. Sustaintech is an offshoot of TIDE, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting sustainable development through technological innovation.

Portfolio

Energy

Stage

Startup

Instrument

Mezzanine

Year

2011

Fund

Insitor Seed Fund

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