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IFC, AMC Strengthen Financial Services for El Salvador’s Women and Rural Entrepreneurs

In Lima, Perú:
Clara Ugarte Perrin, IFC
Phone: +511 611 2501

In San Miguel de Morazán, El Salvador:
Wilson Salmerón, AMC
Phone: +503 2682-1600

San Salvador, El Salvador, May 3, 2011—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is working with AMC, the second-largest microfinance institution in El Salvador, to enhance the availability of financial services for the country’s underserved populations, especially in rural areas and for women entrepreneurs.

IFC seeks to strengthen AMC’s institutional capabilities and help them better meet the needs of low-income clients in El Salvador.  In particular, IFC will reinforce AMC’s capacity for strategic planning and credit-risk management, as well as help design a new deposit product.  This initiative is supported by the Spanish Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Finance.

“In partnership with IFC, we expect to transform into a regulated institution that provides a full range of financial services to our clients and deepens the access to finance for low-income households in rural areas,” said Wilson Salmeron, AMC’s Executive Director.

AMC operates in 12 of the 14 provinces in El Salvador, and it is expanding into southern Honduras to reach more micro and small enterprises.  Its portfolio primarily comprises women and rural borrowers, representing 60 percent and 62 percent of total loans, respectively.

“IFC’s engagement in El Salvador aligns with our strategy to promote inclusive growth and increase competitiveness,” said Greta Bull, Program Manager for IFC Advisory Services in Latin America and the Caribbean.  “As a partner, we’ll work with AMC on its long-term sustainability and to create a savings product specifically tailored to meet the needs of its low-income clients.”

IFC’s offices established in Central America allow for efficient support and understanding of the region’s economic and social-development challenges.  By supporting economic growth and regionalization, IFC hopes to reduce the economic inequality that exists among the countries.  IFC plays a role in increasing the competitiveness of key industries that ultimately will make Central America more prosperous and stable for its people.

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About IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. We create opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives. We do so by providing financing to help businesses employ more people and supply essential services, by mobilizing capital from others, and by delivering advisory services to ensure sustainable development. In a time of global economic uncertainty, our new investments climbed to a record $18 billion in fiscal 2010. For more information, visit

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