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IFC Helps Leading Egypt Microfinance Company Build Capacity, Boost Outreach

In Cairo:
Mohamed Essa
Phone: +202 2461 4331

Cairo, Egypt, February 12, 2019—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today signs an agreement with Egypt’s largest microfinance organization Tanmeyah, to help increase its sustainability and boost its outreach to underserved groups across the country.

IFC’s advisory services team will work with Tanmeyah, which commands almost a quarter of the microfinance market in the country through 259 branches, to identify and help rectify any areas of weakness. The two-phase project will include a strategic review of Tanmeyah’s current loan products, an in-depth risk management diagnostic, and a review of its human resources.

The findings will inform the second phase of the project, during which IFC will help Tanmeyah implement the key recommendations based on its priorities.

Amr Abouesh, Chairman and CEO of Tanmeyah said: “Micro- finance has been increasingly proving highly successful as a way to end the cycle of poverty, decrease unemployment, increase earning power, and aid the financially marginalized. Despite being a young and vibrant segment of the population, the majority of  Egyptian small businesses remain outside the scope of the traditional banking industry. This agreement will help us address the financing needs of this under-served group”.

Egypt has high unemployment rates and a strong micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector is critical to spur job creation and economic growth in the country. Only a third of adults have access to a bank account, while the formal MSME finance gap was estimated at $46.7 billion in 2017, representing a significant opportunity for financial institutions to increase their outreach to individuals and the sector.

Walid Labadi, IFC Country Manager for Egypt, Libya and Yemen said: “Our goal is to deepen financial markets and promote financial inclusion in Egypt. Identifying and supporting strong MFIs like Tanmeyah will ultimately result in more sustainable growth and greater outreach, spurring growth and helping to unleash the full potential of this sector.”

The agreement is part of IFC’s wider strategy to expand access to finance and boost financial inclusion in Egypt. It marks the first project under the MENA Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MENA MSME) Facility, a joint World Bank Group initiative that aims to promote sustainable job creation and boost private sector-led economic growth across the region. The facility is supported by the governments of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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