The provision of a senior unsecured loan of up to €1 million to be provided to KEP Trust (KEP) in one single tranche under the Western Balkans Women in Business Programme Phase II (WB WiBP II).
The proceeds of the Bank's investment will be used for sub-lending to eligible women-led micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in accordance with the Policy Statement.
ETI score: 68
The project contributes to the objectives of the WB WiBP II, supporting the Transition Impact qualities of Inclusive and Competitive:
Inclusive: The project will contribute to women's economic inclusion by supporting women-led MSMEs' access to finance and business advisory services, while demonstrating the business case for scaling-up lending to the women-led MSME segment.
Competitive: Transition impact is expected to derive from market expansion in line with the EBRD Financial Intermediaries Framework.
KEP is the largest microfinance institution in Kosovo, established as a non-governmental organisation. KEP was founded in August 1999 by the Swiss humanitarian organisation International Catholic Migration Commission and by the Prizren Business Club. KEP services around 23 thousand customers throughout the country with its 31 branches and 244 employees.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
Additionality is achieved by combining the necessary long-term financing, in the form of a senior loan, through a holistic approach which includes non-TC grants to incentivise KEP to further explore the underdeveloped women in business segment in the form of First Loss Risk Cover (FLRC) and TC grants to support partner financial institutions and women-led MSMEs.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (2019 ESP). KEP is an existing client of the Bank and has been satisfactorily reporting on the implementation of the EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures and on its compliance with PRs 2, 4 and 9. KEP will be required to continue to comply with the PRs and the E&S Risk Management procedures for Corporate Loans, SME and Micro Loans, including adherence to the expanded the EBRD E&S Exclusion List and Referral List introduced with ESP 2019 and submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the EBRD on E&S matters and on the implementation of the Performance Requirements.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC: Up to €2 million at the Programme level for beneficiaries under WB WiBP II, focusing on baseline assessment, capacity building, product development, marketing and outreach support. TC funds are provided by the Governments of Sweden and Luxembourg.
Advice for Small Business TC: Up to €3.5 million at the Programme level to support women-led MSMEs (including advisory services, training, mentoring and network opportunities). Existing and potential sub-borrowers will be referred to the EBRD's Advice for Small Business (ASB).
TC project with the EBRD's ASB: As a separate project, KEP is expected to receive grant assistance of up to €16,000 from ASB to support them with implementing their new digital strategy.
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