Our Impact

Find out how we contribute to the SDGs and what our Outreach is!

Today, 1.7 billion people or one third of adults still have no access to basic financial products and services. About 56% are women and a large share are poor. This means, farmers cannot access loans to buy the seeds and fertilisers; they have no savings for a child’s education; and they have no insurance to protect them from life shocks like medical emergencies, natural disasters. Approximately, 65 million or 40% of the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in developing countries, the engines of economic development, have unmet financing needs.

SCBF contributes to addressing the financing gap by providing technical assistance grants to develop client-centric financial products, channels and services for the low-income clients, notably women, farmers, micro enterprises and small- and medium enterprises. SCBF’s work directly contributed to 13 SDGs and reached over 6.4 million people. More indicators are below:

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End-Clients Reached
513000 +
End-Clients Accessed a new Loan Product
1 %
Female End-Clients
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End-Clients Insured CHF 700+ M Total Sum Insured
700000 +
End-clients Received Financial Education
307000 +
End-Clients Accessed new Saving Products Total Value CHF 267+ M
1 %
of End-Clients Live in Rural Areas
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Digital Transactions worth CHF 42+ M

Our Quantitative Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

CHF 17.3 Million

Plus project matching contribution of CHF 12.3 M in financial technical assistance were committed to developing countries (SDG indicator: 17.9.1)

2.6+ Million

Low-income end-clients gained access to basic services (insurance including family members, savings, credit, money transfers / SDG indicator 1.4.1).


End-clients received financial education and training (SDG indicator 4.3.1).


End-clients use a mobile-money-service provider (SDG indicator 8.10.2).


MSMEs received a loan or a line of credit (SDG indicator 9.3.2).


End-clients used low-cost remittances and other payment transfers services (SDG indicator 10.c.1).

Our Qualitative Contribution to the SDGs

SCBF TA grants led to increased investment in and adoption of better, more productive agricultural technologies and diversification of production by smallholder farmers, that led to improved food security and nutrition, reduction of malnutrition, and increased incomes and resilience to adverse weather.

SCBF TA grants enabled PFIs to introduce new and innovative medical insurance for the coverage of essential health services, that allowed low-income families to cover medical expenses, medicines and travel to medical facilities. 

68% of SCBF’s end clients are women. Women’s empowerment and the closing of the gender gap in access to finance are essential to the mission of SCBF. Gender equality creates opportunities and economic growth for society as a whole.

SCBF TA grants supported PFIs operating in the WASH sector to improve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for underserved populations.

SCBF TA grants supported PFIs to bring better, affordable and clean energy services to low-income

SCBF TA grants promoted expanding access to financial services, including loans, savings accounts, insurance and payment products, for the unbanked and under-banked in underserved markets around the world. These products and services give microentrepreneurs opportunities to start and grow businesses and support job creation in their communities.

By supporting fintechs and insurtechs that are revolutionising the financial inclusion sector, SCBF TA grants directly provides financial and technical support to facilitate financial infrastructure development.

SCBF TA grants enable sustainable income growth and reduced inequalities through the promotion and development of technologies that reduce barriers for low-income clients.

SCBF TA grants supported PFIs to operate in the affordable housing sector by providing access to tailored financial products and services which improve the living conditions of low-income households.

SCBF TA grants led to increased
resilience and reduction of the impact of climate change on farmers and rural populations. This was achieved with disaster and hazard insurance and through adoption of improved, climate-sensitive agricultural technology, and increased awareness.

Lets hear what our end-clients say.