Investing in Women is in Our DNA

With more than $4.1 billion invested to date, Pro Mujer is driving women’s economic empowerment, fueling economies, and transforming Latin America.

Investing in Women Drives Gender Equality

Through our gender lens investing strategy, Pro Mujer is shaping the way businesses and investors commit to gender equal practices. For investors, investing with a gender lens is a smart investment strategy that enhances return and reduces risk. For enterprises, adopting practices that drive gender equity promotes growth, makes a social impact, and offers new financing opportunities from like-minded investors.

Why Gender Lens Investing?

 In Latin America, financing largely misses SMEs, or the “missing middle,” especially for women. To help close this financing gap and ensure we can accompany and support women in their growth, we have expanded our investment strategies to include SMEs and high impact investments. 

KEY INITIATIVES

We believe Pro Mujer has a responsibility to lead in the advancement of impact investment strategies that will drive greater equality for Latin America’s women.

The Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund 

The Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund (Ilu WEF) is a joint venture with the Canadian impact asset manager Deetken Impact. Through this fund, $35 million have been committed as investment in a diversified portfolio of high impact businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean that demonstrate a commitment to gender practices across the following lenses:

Ilu WEF, comprised of 70+ investors, invests in 20 portfolio companies across 10 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. These portfolio companies provide employment to 4,000+ individuals, 52 percent of which are female.  

The Ilu Women’s Empowerment Program 

The Ilu Women’s Empowerment Program was born as part of the Ilu WEF to continue meeting the needs of many entrepreneurs in the region. With technical assistance, mentorship and knowledge dissemination, the program is supporting companies and business leader add gender strategies to build inclusive, diverse and equal businesses.

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SME Investing
in Latin America

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Pro Mujer is investing growth capital in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with a social and gender focus. We are developing innovative financing mechanisms for early stage enterprises, and developing a gender smart strategy to support enterprises that promote women’s leadership and whose products or services impact positively the lives of women and girls.  

The Annual GLI Forum Latam 

The annual Forum, organized by Pro Mujerbrings together investors, entrepreneurs, and key actors to co-create innovative solutions that drive gender lens investing in Latin America. The Forum focuses on:

Driving equality through gender lens investing

 

Fostering technical assistance and support for women entrepreneurs

 

Monitoring, evaluation and reporting

 

 

Creating more visibility

 

Creating more visibility

Developing alliances

 

Influencing the public and private sectors

 

Resources

ILU Wef page

The Ilu WEF scorecard

        Serving the middle missing

Handbook on GLI

Blogs

Gender Smart Practices in SMES

Bridging the Gap Report

4 ways investors can reduce gender gap

Women’s leadership in Latin America

The Annual GLI Forum Latam 

The annual Forum, organized by Pro Mujerbrings together investors, entrepreneurs, and key actors to co-create innovative solutions that drive gender lens investing in Latin America. The Forum focuses on:

– Driving equality through gender lens investing
– Fostering technical assistance and support for women entrepreneurs
– Monitoring, evaluation and reporting
– Creating more visibility
– Developing alliances
– Influencing the public and private sectors

Resources


ILU Wef page


The Ilu WEF scorecard

Handbook on GLI

Serving the middle missing

Blogs



Gender Smart Practices in SMES

Bridging the Gap Report

4 ways investors can reduce gender gap

Women’s leadership in Latin America