Pristina, Kosovo, July 30, 2020—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, has established a €10 million risk-sharing
facility with TEB Sh.A., one of Kosovo’s largest banks, to support small
and medium enterprises (SMEs), in particular women-owned SMEs and those
operating in agribusiness sector.
The facility has been provided under IFC’s Small Loan Guarantee Program
(SLGP), a programmatic approach to risk-sharing that aims to strengthen
the capacity of financial institutions to finance SMEs in low-income countries.
SLGP uses a pooled first-loss structure provided by International Development
Association’s (IDA) Private Sector Window Blended Finance Facility. In
addition, the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) is providing
performance-based incentives up to $281,000 to support lending by TEB Sh.A.
to women-owned SMEs.
While SMEs dominate the economic landscape in Kosovo, over 50 percent of
firms in Kosovo cited access to finance as a major or severe constraint
to growth, according to the World Bank Enterprise Survey. An IFC study
indicates that 42 percent of women SMEs are financially constrained, and
the gender gap is significantly higher than the average gender gap in other
“TEB will continue to offer solutions and finance to SMEs, aimed at
encouraging their dynamism and new ideas,” said Dren Krypa, TEB’s deputy
managing director. “This partnership with IFC in risk-sharing is a valuable
tool to support the growing SME sector in Kosovo, especially for women
According to the World Bank, only 5.3 percent of SMEs in Kosovo are majority-owned
by women and another 4.8 percent have some female ownership. TEB is the
only bank in Kosovo that offers tailored financing to women-owned SMEs.
“We are glad to expand our partnership with TEB Sh.A. and support the
bank’s lending to SMEs, enabling entrepreneurs to sustain and grow operations.
This is especially important in the current extraordinary times as the
businesses have been disrupted by the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic,”
said Vittorio Di Bello, Regional Industry Head in Europe and Central Asia
for IFC’s Financial Institutions Group. “IFC expects that this risk-sharing
facility will help preserve and create new jobs and demonstrate to the
market that lending to women-owned SMEs and agri-SMEs is commercially viable.”
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 in more than 100 countries, using our
capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in
developing countries. In fiscal year 2019, we invested more than $19 billion
in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries,
leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost
shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
About TEB Bank
TEB Sh.A. is a BNP Paribas joint venture operating in Kosovo since 2009.
It is a leader in the card business and has strong portfolios in the retail
and SME sectors. The bank has 29 branches across the country. Our vision
is to be the best customer-experience bank in Kosovo, to constantly create
outstanding value for our customers, shareholders, employees, and society.
For more information, visit www.teb-kos.com.
About the IDA Private Sector Window
As part of the record $75 billion IDA18 replenishment, the World Bank Group
created the $2.5 billion IDA Private Sector Window to catalyze private
sector investment in the poorest and most fragile countries. Recognizing
the key role of the private sector in achieving IDA18 objectives and the
Sustainable Development Goals, the window provides concessional funds for
co-investment alongside IFC and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
(MIGA) private investments. Concessional funds help to mitigate risk and
reduce barriers, which unlocks and crowds in private investment in emerging
markets. For more information, visit https://ida.worldbank.org/psw.
The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) is a collaborative partnership
among fourteen governments and eight multilateral development banks. Housed
in the World Bank Group, We-Fi seeks to unlock billions of dollars in financing
to tackle the full range of barriers facing women entrepreneurs—increasing
access to finance, markets, technology, and mentoring, while strengthening
policy, and legal and regulatory frameworks. As one of the We-Fi implementing
partners, IFC supports private sector clients with investments and advisory
services to expand financial services and market access for women-owned/led
firms, as well as increasing the capacity of women entrepreneurs to run
high-growth businesses. For more information, visit we-fi.org.