• Active: Active
  • Region: Latin America
  • Country: Regional
  • Sector: Microfinance
  • Year: 2011
  • Domicile: Delaware
  • Instrument: Fund
  • Commitment (MNOK) as of 31.12.2019: 34.7
  • Original Commitment (MNOK): 38.8

HEFF is a fund focused on providing loans to MFIs exclusively for higher eduction loans. It also has valuable Technical Assistance which helps develop the MFIs internal capability to be able to handle these loans and manage its risk.

The Higher Education Finance Fund (HEFF) seeks to prove that higher education credit is a viable financial product which can be offered through the microfinance industry to both increase access to higher education among poor, Latin American youths, and introduce a new product to the industry’s array of financial services.

HEFF believes that both higher education and access to a wide array of financial services are human rights and powerful instruments to promote socio-economic development. Unfortunately, one enormous barrier to higher education in Latin American countries is cost, which is high and rising faster than real wages.  This barrier would be weakened if low-income students had access to student loans, but currently only a small handful of Latin American nations have public or private systems in place which offer student loans – and only a tinier subset of that group meets demand or reaches poor and marginalised populations.  HEFF sees an opportunity to leverage the low-income banking know-how of microfinance institutions in order to introduce student loans to low-income markets and help students leap the financial barrier to higher education.


Indirect investments

Investee Sector Country
Desyfin Financial services Costa Rica
ADEMI Microfinance Dominican Republic
ADOPEM Microfinance Dominican Republic
Banco Lafise Honduras Banking Honduras
Financiera Confianza Microfinance Peru
Fundapec Microfinance Regional
Genesis Microfinance Guatemala
PROEMPRESA Microfinance Peru
FIE Microfinance Bolivia
Vision Banco Microfinance Paraguay

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