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IFC Supports Transformation of Kyrgyz Republic’s Bai-Tushum into Deposit-taking Microfinance Organization

In Almaty:
Assel Choibekova
Phone: +(727) 298 0580

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, October 14, 2009—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has helped Bai-Tushum and Partners, an organization in the Kyrgyz Republic, transform itself from a microcredit to a microfinance company that provides a broader range of financial services to micro-entrepreneurs across the country.

IFC mentored senior Bai-Tushum managers in strategic and business planning before the company’s successful transition to a closed joint-stock microfinance institution, with foreign equity participation. Bai-Tushum now has applied for an official deposit-taking license from the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic that will allow it to provide deposit, savings, and related services to the public.

The IFC Azerbaijan and Central Asia Microfinance Transformation Support Project provides advisory services to businesses in the Kyrgyz Republic and across the region that want to become microfinance institutions. Services include providing support for organizational and financial restructuring, investor relations, and consulting in key organizational and institutional capacity-building activities relevant to the transformation process.

Bai-Tushum, a long-term IFC investment client in the Kyrgyz Republic, is now one of the leaders in the country’s microfinance market, holding an estimated 26 percent market share. The company has a network of seven branches and 37 sub-branches nationwide that provide financial products to micro-entrepreneurs in various sectors.

“By being able to offer different deposit schemes to our clients, we will be able to mobilize savings from the population and increase our funding base,” said Gulnara Shamshieva, Bai-Tushum’s General Manager. “IFC’s expertise in the financial sector is helping us achieve this goal.”

Since 2008, IFC has supported microfinance companies in Azerbaijan and Central Asia in their transformation processes to achieve increased financial sustainability.

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