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SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund

The SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund was launched in May 2017 to catalyze inclusive economic growth through women’s economic empowerment in Southeast Asia.

In addition to gender inclusion, the Fund’s investment thesis targeted growth-oriented companies that can scale to produce commercial, risk-adjusted financial returns along with clear and measurable social and environmental impact.

Investment Strategy


  • The SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund (SWOF) aimed to create shared value for women, entrepreneurs, and investors by investing in small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) owned or led by women in Southeast Asia that are working to propel women’s economic empowerment and gender equality in the marketplace and workplace.
  • By investing in women’s economic empowerment, the Fund’s goal was to build shared value in SMEs, mitigate risks, and deliver strong returns to our investors. The Fund was sector agnostic and also made investments that involved other key impact themes beyond gender such as job creation, sustainable agribusiness, healthcare, education, and environmental sustainability.
  • SEAF leveraged the SEAF Gender Equality Scorecard© to introduce best practices that enhanced gender equality programs in its SWOF companies by embedding them in policies, processes, and procedures and monitoring the implementation of these through its periodic assessments.
  • SEAF transferred management of the Fund in late 2021 to a local fund manager in the region.
SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund Placeholder
SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund

Region: Southeast Asia

Location(s): Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines

Start Date: 2017

Investment Focus: Women-owned or women-led SMEs

Sample Portfolio Company