Tbilisi, Georgia, June 17, 2013—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is helping a leading microfinance institution
in Georgia to increase lending to micro and small businesses, creating
jobs, boosting the economy, and reducing poverty especially in rural areas.
IFC will provide FINCA Georgia with a $4 million loan to help the organization
extend funding to entrepreneurs, and micro and small businesses, through
its nationwide network of branches. The long-term investment will help
FINCA Georgia grow, and expand access to high-quality services and products
“For 15 years, FINCA Georgia has focused on the core clientele of low-income
people living predominantly in rural areas of the country,” said Vusal
Verdiyev, CEO, FINCA Georgia. “This deal will help us continue to support
underfunded entrepreneurs, as part of our solid relationship with IFC.”
This transaction strengthens the partnership between IFC and FINCA International,
one of the largest microfinance networks in the world, and supports the
shared aim of creating and scaling up sustainable microfinance institutions.
IFC is an anchor investor in FINCA Microfinance Holding Company.
“This investment in Georgia’s microfinance sector aims to create new
opportunities for micro and small businesses, supporting their growth,”
said Thomas Lubeck, IFC Regional Manager for the South Caucasus. “The
project is also expected to encourage other investors to enter this sector,
which would help low-income households to meet their basic needs, improving
the quality of their lives.”
FINCA International launched its activities in Georgia in 1998 by providing
financial services to the lowest-income entrepreneurs. FINCA Georgia currently
serves more than 45,000 borrowers in almost all regions of the country.
Georgia became a member of IFC in 1995. Since then, IFC has invested $607
million in 49 projects across various sectors and supported regional projects
developed in the country. IFC has also implemented a number of advisory
projects focused on the development of the private sector.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing
countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing
capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services
to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time
high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector
to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing
development challenges. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
About FINCA Georgia, JSC
FINCA Georgia, JSC, is owned by FINCA Microfinance Holdings (FMH), a subsidiary
of FINCA International, Inc., which is comprised of socially-responsible
investors, including IFC, that bring strong financial backing, excellence
in corporate governance, as well as commitment to the social mission of
improving living standards in marginalized communities through effective
financial services. FINCA Georgia plans to expand its geographical outreach
and improve financial services to its target clientele through innovative
new products and services to be introduced in the nearest future. For more
information about FINCA Georgia, visit: www.finca.ge