The Grameen Crédit Agricole Fund (GCA fund) is a Specialized Investment Fund (SIF), regulated by the Luxembourg law. It received the VISA from the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) of Luxembourg on the 14th of January 2013. Professor Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize is the Chairman of the Board of the Fund.
The GCA fund is dedicated to investing in Social Business companies and primarily oriented towards developing countries, with a special attention to Africa. According to the approach tested by Professor Yunus, Social Businesses are companies that develop essential goods and services affordable to the poorest.
The GCA fund plays the role of facilitator, taking minority stakes alongside strategic shareholders and a long-term partnership approach to its investment. Investments are measured against the quality of the business plan, the robustness of the business model and the social impact sought.
The GCA fund defines itself as a Social Business. It differs from traditional investment funds by its objective which is to generate social impact. It does not distribute dividends, and investors commit to recycle any capital gain they may get into new Social Business initiatives.
The Foundation is the fruit of a unique partnership between Crédit Agricole, the largest bank in France, and Professor Muhammad Yunus «Banker of the poor» and founder of the Grameen Bank. At inception, the Foundation received an endowment of € 50M from Crédit Agricole SA to contribute in the fight against poverty using microfinance and Social Business. Jean-Marie Sander Chairman of Crédit Agricole SA is the Chairman of the Foundation. Among other Directors are Professor Yunus and HRH Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
The Foundation is managed by Jean-Luc Perron and supported by a team of 20 specialists, based in Paris.
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