The Foundation is also an investment fund advisor and helps investors embark on the development of microfinance or, more generally, inclusive finance.
The Fund for Inclusive Finance in Rural Areas (FIR)
In order to strengthen its support for rural microfinance, the Foundation has launched, in partnership with CA Indosuez Wealth (Asset Management) and CACEIS Bank, Luxembourg Branch, a social impact investment fund enabling Crédit Agricole Group entities and Regional Banks to invest in financing MFIs in rural areas. The Fund for Inclusive Finance in Rural Areas (FIR).
The first round of fundraising, closed on 28 September 2018, confirmed the participation of 13 Regional Banks (Alsace-Vosges, Centre-est, Centre-France, Champagne-Bourgogne, Franche-Comté, Ille-et-Vilaine, Languedoc, Loire-Haute Loire, Martinique-Guyane, Normandie-Seine, Réunion, Savoie et Sud Rhône Alpes), which already represents one-third of the Regional Banks, and Amundi, for nearly € 6 million. This is a unique project in the history of the Group and the Foundation, which can multiply their impact in favour of inclusive finance and demonstrates the potential for action between microfinance and the banking sector for strengthening the financing of rural economies.