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Small Money Big Impact: Fighting Poverty with Microfinance

Small Money Big Impact: Fighting Poverty with Microfinance

Over two billion people globally still lack access to basic financial services – essential for improving their livelihood. The smallest amount of money can have a big impact.

Part social movement and part financial strategy, impact investing offers the opportunity for investors to power change with so-called microloans.

In Small Money Big Impact authors Peter Fanconi and Patrick Scheurle explain how this strategy is reshaping the way people invest, as pension funds, insurance companies, foundations, family offices and private investors jump on board to not only experience the social impact, but receive attractive, stable and uncorrelated returns.



“Improving the state of the world inevitably means improving the economic and social living standards of vulnerable and destitute segments of the population; with the help of collaborations and projects based on public-private partnership. is unique and presents exceptional opportunities in achieving this goal.”

– Prof. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Geneva (Foreword, Small Money Big Impact).

About the authors

PETER A. FANCONI is the Chairman and former CEO of Swiss-based BlueOrchard Finance, one of the leading asset man- agement companies in impact investing. Peter demonstrated his entrepreneurial and social competences in various positions, including CEO of the Vontobel Private Bank, CEO of Harcourt Alternative Investments and managing partner at PwC. He also serves as Chairman of Swiss bank Graubündner Kantonalbank (GKB) and as board member of academic and charitable institutions worldwide. Peter is a renowned lecturer and published writer in the field of finance and impact investing.

PATRICK SCHEURLE is the CEO of Blue-Orchard Finance. Prior, he acted as COO and CFO at BlueOrchard. His broad experience in finance includes senior positions at Bank Vontobel and Credit Suisse. He further served with a leading management consultancy focusing on governance and value creation. Patrick holds a PhD in finance from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he also held an assistant professorship. He is the author of several well-known finance books and regularly publishes on developments and research in impact investing.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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