Deetken Impact: Ilu Women's Empowerment Fund (LP Units)

Health and Wellness , Work and Learning , Social Inclusion
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Deetken Impact


Funded Of $20,000,000.00 Goal
50.8% Raised
Limited Partnerships (LP) Offer. Structure
7% Valuation
5 Years Term

Offering Description


Deetken Impact invests in emerging economies to generate long term returns while making a positive social and environmental impact in communities.

The Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund is a Canadian investment fund focused on fixed income investments in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Fund delivers strong financial returns through its debt and mezzanine investments in a diversified portfolio of mid-cap companies with missions to promote women in leadership and governance, products and services that meet the needs of women and girls, gender-sensitive value chains, and workplace equity. The Ilu Fund LP Units have a 5-year term and a target yield of 6 to 7% in U.S. dollars.

Deetken Impact, the fund manager, has a 10-year track record of delivering strong, stable returns to investors by investing in businesses that make a meaningful contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. Deetken Impact is a member of the Responsible Investment Association (RIA), a member of  the Canada Forum for Impact Investment and Development (CAFIID), a signatory to the UN Global Compact and was awarded 2017 Impact Investor of the Year by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing

Investment Highlights

NOTE: This offering is for 5-year Deetken Impact Fund LP Units.  Deetken Impact also offers an Impact Bond investment in the Ilu Fund. Impact Bonds, which contribute to the Deetken Impact Fund, are structured as $25,000 bonds invested at a fixed interest rate of 5% over a 5-year term. The bonds are RRSP and TFSA eligible. Please click here to see that offering.

Investment Offering: $10,000,000 raise (minimum investment: $250,000 US$)

Structure: This security is structured as an LP unit investment with a target yield of 6 to 7% in U.S. dollars. LP units have a term of 5 years.

Use of Proceeds: The Ilu Fund focuses on senior and subordinated debt investments in Latin America and the Caribbean. The fund invests in a diversified portfolio of high impact businesses that promote women in leadership and governance, products and services that meet the needs of women and girls, gender-sensitive value chains, and workplace equity. Portfolio investments include financial institutions that provide integrated and thoughtfully designed services for low-income women, such as access to healthcare, educational loans and financial services, as well as gender-smart investments in renewable energy, affordable housing, and social enterprises.

Target Close: Initial close Q1 2019; Final close is expected in 2021.

Please note that this is not a complete investment summary. Investors should read all associated documentation including the offering memorandum and associated securities agreements before considering or making any investment.

Ilu Women's Empowerment Fund

Launched in June 2016, the Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund is a Canadian impact fund focused on senior and subordinated debt investments in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Fund invests in a diversified portfolio of high impact businesses that promote women in leadership and governance, products and services that meet the needs of women and girls, gender-sensitive value chains, and workplace equity.

Eligible Sectors

The Ilu Fund currently has $25MM in committed capital, including a $4MM contribution from the management team. The fund is structured to allow for contributions from Canadian, US and international investors, as well as a choice for each investor to participate through either the Bonds or LP units.


What’s the difference between them?

There are two ways to invest in the Deetken Impact Fund:

  • Impact Bonds. Investors receive a fixed rate return over a defined term of 5 years and have their investment qualify for RRSP and TFSA accounts.
  • LP Units. Investors receive variable annual distributions with a target of 6 to 7% p.a. in U.S. dollars and do not qualify for RRSP and TFSA accounts. 

Ilu Fund - Deployment Strategy

The Ilu Fund aims to achieve a final of US$35 million in invested capital. The fund has already deployed US$ 21 million and has a clearly outlined strategy to complete this objective.    

Ilu’s Deployment Strategy outlines the following:

  • Leveraging existing strategic partnerships with ABACO Cooperative, Pro Mujer, Optima, FINCA and Sustainable Energy Central America, and developing new strategic partnerships
  • Maintaining the fund’s focus on the financial services and renewable energy sectors, using senior and subordinated debt complemented by no more than 10% equity.
  • Increasing geographic diversification by entering the Caribbean region, and expanding its footprint in Central and South America including Colombia and Bolivia. 
  • Managing risks by: excluding select markets (eg: Venezuela), limiting disbursement during election cycles and other periods of elevated uncertainty, requiring additional security and higher interest rates in countries with higher risk profiles, and using USD contracts and currency hedging
  • Investment Screening Factors and Risk Scoring designed specifically for the Financial Services and Renewable Finance sectors
  • Strong Investment Pipeline, identifying a number of potential projects for the fund

Impact Goals and Strategy

B Corp Score: 86.2 - Certified B Corporation

Impact Goals (based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals):

  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8)
  • Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7)
  • Gender Equality (SDG 5)
  • Quality Education (SDG 4)
  • Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3)

Impact Creation:

The Ilu Women's Empowerment Fund acts as a partner and steward for its portfolio companies, each of which has been carefully selected for its contribution to one of five impact goals. Portfolio companies are also offered customized business advice and technology transfer designed to foster sustainable and durable business growth. By helping to grow this group of impactful businesses, the Fund drives increased business activity such as lending to micro and small enterprise, installation of new renewable energy capacity or greater outreach of health care services for low income women.

Deetken Impact supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, investment opportunities and portfolio companies are evaluated based on their contribution to the following 5 SDGs: Good Health, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Energy, and Decent Work & Economic Growth.

Traction on Impact Goals


Management Team

The Ilu Fund is managed by Deetken Impact, with offices in Vancouver, Canada, San Jose, Costa Rica and Lima, Peru. The Deetken Impact team brings significant asset management experience derived from their management of the Deetken Impact Pool (launched in 2008) as well as from past employment with some of Canada’s largest investment management institutions. In addition, each member of the Deetken Impact team brings specialist expertise in financial inclusion investments, with over 40 years of combined experience across emerging economies in Latin America and Africa. This experience has cemented in the Deetken Impact team a passion for investments that achieve both financial and social returns, as well as an understanding of the specific financial, operational and regulatory challenges faced by businesses which responsibly serve low income clients.

Deetken Impact has formed a joint venture with Pro Mujer, a provider of vital services to low income women, to together manage the Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund. Deetken Impact and Pro Mujer share a mutual commitment to supporting women’s empowerment across all business activities, and to implementing investment management practices that empower women.



All private securities listed through online investment platforms and Exempt Market Dealers (EMDs) like SVX are likely to carry more risk than those available on the public markets. Our goal it to make you aware of those risks before making an investment. For further details on the risks in the private markets, refer to the SVX Risks section. Some of the offering specific risks have been identified below:

Country Risk
The Fund will invest in countries classified as transition or developing countries. These countries can be subject to a number of risks including political risk, the risk of economic recession, the risk of high or rapidly changing inflation rates and the risk of diplomatic changes. Companies from developing markets are generally subject to standards of disclosure, auditing / financial reporting practices and requirements regarding the provision of information which are not comparable with those of developed markets. Foreign investments may be subject to restrictions and controls of varying degrees which can increase the cost of the investment, delay investments or impede repatriation of capital.

Operational Risk
The companies, institutions, organisations and vehicles in which the Fund invests are often experiencing rapid growth. These entities sometimes face challenges in recruiting and retaining qualified staff and management. These entities may also have a limited track record. The Investment Manager will seek to mitigate this risk as much as possible by investing primarily in regulated or supervised institutions, conducting thorough due diligence prior to investment and monitoring existing investments closely.

Liquidity Risk
The Fund invests almost exclusively in assets which are unlisted and not traded on a regulated market. The investments, and ultimately the Fund, are therefore relatively illiquid. The valuation of these illiquid, unlisted assets may vary substantially from the value actually realised at the exit of the investment.

Management Risk
Loss of key personnel, especially with the Investment Manager, is an organizational risk. Loss of these personnel could have an adverse effect on the Fund’s ability to execute its investment strategy.

Currency Risk
The Fund will invest in securities denominated in U.S. dollars and this currency exposure will not be hedged against Canadian dollars. The Fund will invest in securities denominated in USD or in securities denominated in local currencies which are hedged into USD or CAD. The Fund may also take unhedged positions in local currencies where local currency appreciation is part of the investment thesis.

This type of investment has substantial risk. Investors should make an investment only if they are prepared to not receive any return on their investment and/ or to lose their investment in its entirety.

Management Team

José Lamyin

José Lamyin

Managing Partner

José has extensive experience as a business advisor for clients throughout Canada, Europe and Latin America in mining, telecommunications, and finance. Prior to co-founding The Deetken Group, José worked for Teck Cominco in Peru and Canada and Deutsche Bank in London (UK). José has spearheaded much of the strategic growth of Deetken Impact since inception and is currently focused on investment selection.

José received his BS in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and MBA from IESE School of Business (Barcelona). Born in Peru, José is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Alexa  Blain

Alexa Blain

Managing Partner

Alexa is responsible for finance, operations and investor relations at Deetken Impact. She brings over 10 years of experience in financial consulting and asset management, with specific expertise in company and investment analysis, business valuation and securities/corporate finance. Prior to joining Deetken, she spent three years with African Alliance, a pan-African financial services group, where she focused on expanding the firm’s retail financial services operations as well as on the origination and negotiation of new capital. In addition, Alexa has six years of asset management experience with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Macquarie Group and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Alexa is a CFA Charterholder. She has also completed an MA in Financial Economics and an Honours BA in Economics, both at the University of Toronto.

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Carl Black

Carl Black

Senior Portfolio Manager

Carl is a Portfolio Manager with Deetken Impact focused on analyzing and working with MSMEs, social enterprises, and renewable energy developers in Latin America and the Caribbean. His main responsibilities include supporting business development, managing technical assistance projects, leading investment due diligence, and monitoring portfolio performance. Prior to joining Deetken Impact, Carl worked for five years as a consultant, advising public sector clients an non profits in Canada and financial services companies in Latin America. He started his career at the Bank of Canada, where he researched issues related to household and business credit.

Carl completed an Honours BA in Economics at the University of British Columbia. He also holds an MSc in Economics & Development from the University of Oxford, where he earned distinctions in quantitative and development economics. Carl works in both English and Spanish.

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Magali Lamyin

Magali Lamyin

Director of Communications and Development

Magali brings extensive market intelligence, business development and marketing experience from her work at the Central Bank of Mexico, the Canadian Institute for Market Intelligence, and the IESE-PWC e-Business Centre in Barcelona. She also co-led national marketing campaigns for businesses in the hospitality and early childhood education sectors for almost a decade before joining Deetken. In her current role, she is responsible for leading Deetken Impact’s communications, marketing and branding strategy. She is also involved in the due diligence process for project selection with an emphasis in Mexico.

Magali holds a BA in Economics from Mexico’s ITAM and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

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OPIC backs asset manager, Deetken Impact, and mission-driven company, Pro Mujer to empower women in Latin America

Deetken Impact and Pro Mujer team up to invest in women and girls, delivering strong financial returns and meaningful, measurable social and environmental benefits. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation has committed $10MM to grow the fund. Read more

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