Almaty, Kazakhstan, January 24, 2017—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, has arranged for KMF, a leading Kazakh
microfinance institution, a financing package in Kazakh Tenge equivalent
to $44 million, helping the company to support its small business customers,
including women entrepreneurs.
The financing consists of $5 million loan
for IFC’s own account, and $39 million mobilized from four international
financiers: Incofin Investment Management, MicroVest Capital Management,
Symbiotics, and Bank im Bistum Essen. The financing will be disbursed in
Kazakh Tenge, which will help KMF mitigate its foreign currency risk. The
support will help KMF provide loans and other forms of credit to smaller
businesses, considered key in a country where entrepreneurs often struggle
to obtain the financing they need to grow their enterprises.
"In Kazakhstan, the small business sector
is growing, and entrepreneurs are in dire need of affordable loans,” said
Shalkar Zhussupov, chairman of KMF's management board. “Funds provided
by IFC and the four participating financial institutions will be used to
finance entrepreneurs, especially those living in rural areas, where access
to bank funding for the public is very limited."
In Kazakhstan, smaller businesses form the
backbone of the country's economy. But the shortage of credit at the country-level
stymies job creation and economic growth.
“By supporting strong microfinance institutions
like KMF, we can make financing available to individuals and small enterprises
to engage in income-generating activities who would otherwise have limited
alternatives, helping to create jobs and spurring economic growth,"
says Moazzam Mekan, IFC Regional Manager for Central Asia.
KMF has more than 182 000 borrowers. Since
the beginning of 2016, its loan portfolio has grown by more than 48 percent
and its customer base has jumped 21 percent.
At the time of increased volatility across
the region, IFC helps microfinance organizations build capacity by increasing
their retail delivery, shaping markets by scaling up these institutions
to improve efficiency, strengthening responsible finance, and stabilizing
and diversifying their funding base. This is part of a broader effort by
IFC to support economic development in Kazakhstan by unleashing the potential
of private enterprises. As of Jun 2016, IFC invested $1.4 billion, including
$299 million of mobilized funds in the country, and provided advisory services
to help private companies improve corporate governance, risk management,
and improve competitiveness.
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