Our Impact

Our Impact

The Ilu Fund

As one of the region’s leading Gender Lens Investing funds, the Ilu Fund supports 27 companies to accelerate their financial, impact, and gender goals. 

These companies are providing essential services in underserved communities and contributing directly to women’s empowerment, financial inclusion, quality education, health and wellbeing, the renewable energy transition, and affordable housing:

  • 242,825 clients received health care services
  • 383,723 clients have received financial or literacy training
  • 587,715 women clients (79% of total)
  • 3,113 full-time jobs for women (50% of total)
  • Clean renewable energy capacity of 196MW
  • projects will generate 122 GWh per year, enough to power 27,497 households
  • 740,780 micro, small, and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) clients
  • 6,263 full-time jobs
  • 64,772 tons of GHGs displaced, equivalent to taking 13,906 cars off the road

The Ilu Program

The Ilu Women’s Empowerment Program directly impacted over one thousand participants throughout Latin America and the Caribbean through technical assistance, knowledge dissemination and advocacy, and fundraising of blended finance capital. It is the largest and most comprehensive initiative in the region to advance gender-smart business and investing practices.

people directly impacted

gender technical assistance projects in 9 countries that reached nearly 500 participants and

workshops for entrepreneurs and business leaders that reached nearly 700 participants

investor events showcasing gender lens investing in practice that reached over 800 participants across the Americas

USD Raised in blended finance capital, of which 80% are first-time investors in the Ilu Fund

open-source tools to promote gender-smart business practices

people directly impacted

gender technical assistance projects in 9 countries that reached nearly 500 participants and

workshops for entrepreneurs and business leaders that reached nearly 700 participants

investor events showcasing gender lens investing in practice that reached over 800 participants across the Americas

USD Raised in blended finance capital, of which 80% are first-time investors in the Ilu Fund

open-source tools to promote gender-smart business practices

Testimonials

“I did not know about unconscious gender biases. This program taught me that we need to increase the number of women in leadership, develop training sessions, and have a clear career plan for women to advance towards decision-making positions when opportunities arise.”

– Participant, woman 

It was particularly enriching to learn about the role that we play as allies. I realized that our policies are only one factor of change … Now I know that as a leader I must directly promote and inspire senior management to maintain this path to equality.“

– Participant, man

Reports and Case Studies

To learn more about the impact we have made with the Ilu Women’s Empowerment Program, download our in-depth program reports and case studies:

Program Report

Technical Assistance Report

Case Study: Gender Smart Information Systems

Case Study: Gender Smart Information Systems

Case Study: Gender Sensitive Community Engagement

Case Study: Gender Sensitive Community Engagement

Case Study: Gender Smart Products and Marketing

Case Study: Gender Smart Products and Marketing

Spotlight: Investing in Women’s Empowerment

Fundación ESPOIR

As a pioneer of the group lending methodology in Latin America, Fundación Espoir serves unbanked and low-income microentrepreneurs in Ecuador with a focus on women. Clients also have access to digital and in-person financial education services, life insurance, and medical assistance. The organization has received international recognition for its contribution to  reducing the gender gap in Ecuador. The Fundación Espoir team participated in the Ilu Women’s Empowerment Technical Assistance program in a project focused on designing gender-smart products and services for women, with a focus on individual credit products to complement the group lending offering.

Impact

  • 47,025 clients
  • 72% of clients identifying as women
  • 19,547 clients received financial training in 2021

Villa Luz

Villa Luz, a housing project in Guatemala City led in partnership by Modus Capital and H Pacific Capital, addresses the long-standing deficit of accessible housing solutions in Latin America’s overcrowded cities. The development features more than 300 quality apartments alongside social and family-oriented amenities such as on-site daycare service. With its centric location, Villa Luz not only offers families a safe and accessible neighborhood that can reduce exceptionally long commute times, but also provides a path to home ownership while reducing overall housing costs and improving quality of life. The project is designed for low and middle-income families with urgent unmet housing needs, with a focus on single mothers. 

Impact

  • 52% of customers identifying as women
  • Customer average household income of $935/month
  • Up to 65% savings on monthly housing expenses

Sembrar Sartawi

Sembrar Sartawi provides financial services to Bolivia’s rural smallholder farmers living in regions with a high risk of adverse climate events. The institution uses a unique and innovative business model that complements its services with technical assistance and market access, and clients also have access to health services and business training. The Sembrar Sartawi team participated in the Ilu Women’s Empowerment Technical Assistance program in a project that fostered the internal promotion and leadership of women employees through coaching and diversity, equity and inclusion education for management.

Impact

  • 36,598 clients
  • 62% of clients identifying as women
  • 1,149 clients received health services in 2021

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Deetken Impact

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Deetken Impact

Suite 500 – 210 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Y 3W2

+1 (604) 731-4424 ext. 110

impact@deetken.com

Pro Mujer

515 Madison Ave 8th Floor
New York, NY 10022

+1 (646) 626-7000

communications@promujer.org