Santa Cruz, Bolivia, February 26, 2016—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, will provide a $15 million loan to Banco
Ganadero S.A., one of the leading banks in Bolivia, to support the bank’s
efforts to boost access to finance for small and medium enterprises and
help spur faster growth in a sector that plays a critical role in Bolivia’s
The loan is the latest engagement by IFC
in Bolivia, a country where the World Bank Group is seeking to promote
broad-based and inclusive growth. Improving access to finance for SMEs
plays a critical role in these efforts as micro, small, and medium enterprises
make up the majority of businesses in Latin America and they are important
drivers of growth and job creation.
In Bolivia, only around 30 percent of the
potential financing demand for SMEs is being currently met despite by the
banking sector. The loan to Banco Ganadero addresses this challenge as
it will help the bank double its outstanding loans to SME’s in the next
“Our relationship with IFC will be very
important in our commitment to expand access to finance in Bolivia,” said
Ronald Gutiérrez, Banco Ganadero’s general manager. “This new financing
will help us increase our footprint and offer more financing alternatives
for small and medium enterprises, which is a crucial segment of Bolivia’s
economy,” Gutiérrez said.
“We are grateful for the confidence that
IFC, an important multilateral lender, has placed on us which allows us
to support this type of operations to boost the growth and development
of our clients,” Gutierrez said.
IFC’s investment will allow Banco Ganadero
to continue providing its clients with access to funding at longer maturities
and more appropriate structures, thus helping them to enhance productivity
and grow. This is IFC’s second transaction with Banco Ganadero. IFC and
Banco Ganadero have been working together in Bolivia since 2009, when the
bank joined IFC's Global Trade Finance Program. This program provides clients
such as Banco Ganadero access to a global network of confirming banks,
facilitates access to trade lines, and helps provide comprehensive solutions
for small and medium enterprises.
“IFC’s support for Banco Ganadero is a
new example of IFC’s strategic focus of supporting job creation in Bolivia
by increasing access to financial services that benefit SMEs,” said Carlos
Leiria Pinto, IFC’s head for the Andean region. “We are confident that
Banco Ganadero will be a crucial player in Bolivia’s efforts to boost
financial access for SMEs, which in turn will help drive economic growth
and job creation,” he said.
IFC’s strategy for next years in Bolivia
focuses on investments in the financial sector, agroindustry, and services.
These investments seek to promote the development of SMEs, promote foreign
trade and protect natural resources through the implementation of best
global practices on environmental sustainability.
For more information about IFC in Latin America
and the Caribbean, visit www.ifc.org/lac.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is
the largest global development institution focused on the private sector
in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide,
we use our capital, expertise, and influence, to create opportunity where
it’s needed most. In FY15, our long-term investments in developing countries
rose to nearly $18 billion, helping the private sector play an essential
role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
For more information, visit www.ifc.org