Impact Investment Growing Rapidly

Economy

Tokyo, Jan. 17 (Jiji Press)--Impact investment, aimed at not only generating financial returns but also making contributions toward resolving environmental and other social problems, is attracting keen attention globally.

"Through impact investment, we want to spread positive changes," said Taiki Namiki, chief operating officer of Crowd Credit Inc., which collects financial resources for investment through crowdfunding.

The Tokyo-based company has set up funds to invest in programs in emerging and developing countries that are difficult to receive financing from banks. Among the programs are those by women in Mexico to start businesses related to production of traditional crafts and launch bakeries.

Crowd Credit has also set up a fund to promote solar power generation in areas without electricity in Myanmar.

Collected money is invested in financial institutions and companies abroad, and used to improve the lives of local people.

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