Jean-Philippe de Schrevel is CEO and co-Founder of BlueOrchard Investments, and also founder and CEO of Bamboo Finance and the Oasis Fund. His companies specialize in asset management and microfinance projects that target positive social impact and produce “market” returns — 2% above LIBOR (the benchmark London Interbank Offered Rate) for the microfinance unit. In India, his organization backed a rural hospital group providing “no frills, high-quality care” to low-income patients. They have grown the profit-making company from four hospitals to 12, serving some 250,000 patients. He expects 50 hospitals and 1 million patients in two to three years. Schrevel also offers his views on the rising criticisms of microfinance, which include charges of exploitation of the poor.
An edited transcript of the interview is accessible below.