ARUN Newsletter No. 18 September 2012


Thank you for all your support for ARUN.

ARUN is a growing community of social investors, currently with 82 individuals
and corporate partners. We support social enterprises in Cambodia through investment, while aiming to build a global social investment platform from Japan.

In this newsletter, we explain ARUN’s activities and social investment.
Our readers’ interests vary: some are interested in social investment, while others
are interested in Cambodia.
Let’s think together about the social investments and its future!

ARUN Newsletter  September 2012

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<1> Forward             Satoko Kono, President
<2> 2nd Social Business Competition in Cambodia   Kengo Takeda, ARUN LAB
<3> News from Cambodian Investee, Study Tour Report  ARUN Partner
<4> Around the Corner!
International Symposium on Social Investment, October 6-7th
<5> Afterward
<1> Forward             by Satoko Kono, President

ARUN is going to hold Social Investment International Symposium next month,
Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th in Tokyo.
I will give you a brief introduction to our guest speakers.

I met Mr. Ben Simmes, representative of Oikocredit, 4 years ago.
Ben welcomed us with kind smiles to their main office in Holland, and answered
many questions from us about investment policies and practical operation.
Oikocredit has been investing to small and medium-sized enterprises such as
producers’ cooperatives and fair trade organizations.
His lecture for the Symposium on 6-7th October will be based on the Oikocredit’s
practices in 70 countries worldwide and I very much looking forward to it.

Mr. Vineet Rai, the founder and Managing Director of Aavishkaar will be joining us,
representing the leading social investment fund in India. Aavishkaar focuses on
the bottom layer of society in India, aiming to be the pioneer in building financial
system that supports the growth of entrepreneurs in the area of agriculture,
renewable energy, health and IT.  Mr. Vineet also has extensive fundraising
experience in western and various countries around the world

And more guests will be there.  All of our outstanding guests’ profiles will be on
our website soon. So, please stay tuned!

We hope that the symposium will give all of us, the participants and our
experienced guests alike, opportunities to debate freely and  redfine the
meaning of “investment” and “return”, which we explore in ARUN’s daily activities.

We are looking forward to your participation!
(Please visit the following link for the details of registration.)


Satoko Kono

<2> 2nd Social Business Competition in Cambodia  by  Kengo Takeda, ARUN LAB
Here is an exciting report by Kengo Takeda, a student of International Christian
University (ICU) who joined the event as one of Japanese participants. .

From August 6th to 12th, ARUN LAB Social Business Competition was held
in Phnom Penh. This was the second competition, after last year, organized in
cooperation with Cambodia Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) to promote and foster
understanding of social investment and develop human resources.

College students from Cambodia, Myanmar and Japan formed mixed teams and
competed business ideas focused on social problems. On the last day of program
we had a final presentation session and we achieved to make it a significant event
with over 100 audiences.

Continues to the following link (in Japanese):

An article of “The Phnom Penh Post” pertaining to Social Business Competition
is here:

<3> News from Cambodian Investee, Study Tour Report    by ARUN Partner
Here is a report by one of ARUN Partner who participated in the study tour held at
the time of the businesscompetition.

I participated in the ARUN Cambodia Study Tour from August 9th through 12th.
I have been investing ARUN since the end of 2011, but this was the first time joining
the study tour, visiting and hearing stories from the ARUN investees and the farmers.
It deepened my understanding of the business status of the investees and their
challenges, and the status of the rural villages.

At Arjuni, Ms. Wilson, the CEO, explained us about the hair extension business’s
challenges and innovation for problem solving, and showed us the hair extension

Continues to the following link (in Japanese):

An article of “New York Times” pertaining to Arjuni is here:

<4> Around the Corner!
The International Symposium on Social Investment, October 6th and 7th
The International Symposium is next month, just around the corner.
We are inviting three social investment organizations; Oikocredit from the
Netherlands, Acumen Fund from the United States, and Aavishkaar from India.
Not only studying overseas’ cases, we would like to share our own experiences of
social investment and invite everyone to have positive discussions on how we can
find solutions to the social challenges such as poverty and environment using the
power of investment.

Following is the detail of the symposium and the link to the registration forms.
Register today!

Date: Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th, 2012
<October 6th> 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm (Registration opens at 12 noon),
6:00 pm Evening reception
<October 7th> 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Registration opens at 1:00 pm)

Location: Nihon Zaidan Building, 1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Two-day pass/      General  6,000 yen,
Student, ARUN Partner, ARUNLAB Member  3,000 yen
(Includes Evening Reception)

First Day pass/       General  4,000 yen,
Student, ARUN Partner, ARUNLAB Member  2,000 yen

Second Day pass/   General  3,000 yen,
Student, ARUN Partner, ARUNLAB Member  1,500 yen
(Two-day pass is economical.)

<5> Afterword

We recommend economical two-day pass for the International Symposium.
6,000 yen for general admission and 3,000 yen for ARUN member. Consider joining
ARUN in this opportunity! Registration is open now. Please fill out the following site
and fill out the registration form:


ARUN Newsletter September 2012
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[Editor]    Public Relations Team

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