Amman, Jordan, November 5, 2018—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $10 million loan in local
currency to a leading microfinance institution in Jordan, part of an effort
to support smaller businesses and entrepreneurs, including women.
IFC’s financing will help Tamweelcom,
the country’s second-largest microfinance company, increase its outreach
to small business owners, including women. Jordan’s economy is hindered
by a host of challenges, from rising unemployment to an influx of refugees,
which have held back economic growth and pushed the poverty rate above
14 percent. Microfinance can play a pivotal role in reversing this cycle
as it enables people to build assets, increase their incomes, and reduce
their vulnerability to economic stress.
long-term strategic partnership with IFC continues to be aimed at sustainably
expanding our reach across Jordan and the Micro and Small business sector
where access to financial services is very limited. Tamweelcom is committed
to supporting Jordan’s National Financial Inclusion strategy and re-shaping
the future of this industry through a growing suite of responsible financial
solutions pinned on a digital transformation” said Niveen Abboushi,
Chairwoman of Tamweelcom.
Jordan’s micro, small and medium enterprises
account for over 90 percent of businesses and comprise around 71 percent
of private sector employment. However, their access to formal financial
services remains limited, with the sector getting just 10 percent of total
bank lending. A large number of unregistered home-based businesses and
self-employed workers also have no access to bank finance.
“Boosting financial inclusion is essential
for building shared prosperity and eradicating poverty,” said Kudret Akgun,
IFC’s Regional Industry Manager of Financial Institutions Group in the
Middle East and North Africa. “Micro and small businesses are also the
engine of growth in many economies and it’s vital to ensure they have
the access to credit they need to grow and prosper.”
Tamweelcom is a strategic client to
IFC. The financing marks IFC’s third investment in Tamweelcom. IFC has
also provided several advisory packages to Tamweelcom over the years to
build its capacity in areas including sustainable energy/energy efficient
products, risk management and business loan product development.
Nearly two billion people in developing
countries have little or no access to formal financial services. IFC is
one of the leading global investors in microfinance in terms of volume.
In fiscal year 2018, IFC committed $413.2 million to 27 projects with microfinance
institutions. Its cumulative investment portfolio in microfinance currently
exceeds $3 billion.
Established in 1999, Tamweelcom is a
USD 70 MM company serving 93,000 unbanked clients and enterprises through
a 500 employee base and 37 branches spread all across the Kingdom. We provide
access to responsible finance that creates sustainable enterprises, job
opportunities, and improves the standard of living of the unbanked and
underbanked citizens of Jordan. We are wholly owned by Noor Al Hussein
Foundation, one of the King Hussein Foundation’s pioneering development
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank
Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide,
using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities
in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more
than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging
the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared
prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org