FIF - WB Youth in Business - MiBospo

Location:

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Project number:

53547

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

07 Jun 2022

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

13 Jun 2022

As per section 1.4.2 (iii) of the Directive on Access to Information: "For Projects approved by Bank management where the Board of Directors has delegated the approval authority, the PSD shall be disclosed at the start of the relevant no-objection notification period to a member country of the Bank in accordance with Article 13 (iii) of the Agreement Establishing the EBRD."

Project Description

A senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 0.5 million to be provided in one single tranche under the Western Balkans Youth in Business Programme ("WB YiB")

Project Objectives

The Loan proceeds will be used for on-lending to eligible micro- and small sized enterprises ("MSEs") whose overall operational management responsibility or majority ownership is held by a person (or persons) under the age of 35 ("Youth MSEs") in Bosnia and Herzegovina ("BiH") in accordance with the Policy Statement.

 

Transition Impact

ETI score: 72

The project contributes to the objectives of the FIF, supporting the Transition Impact qualities of Inclusive and Competitive:

Inclusive: The project will contribute to the economic inclusion of young enteprenuers by supporting Youth MSEs' access to finance and business advisory services, while demonstrating the business case for scaling-up lending to the Youth MSE segment.

Competitive: Transition impact is expected to derive from market expansion and through building a more competitive financial sector by strengthening the capacity of the Partner Financial Institutions (PFIs) for financing Youth MSEs. 

Client Information

MIKROKREDITNA FONDACIJA MI-BOSPO TUZLA

Mikrokreditna Fondacija Mi-Bospo Tuzla ("MiBospo") is a long-standing EBRD partner since 2007 and specialised Micro Finance Institution ("MFI") in BiH, focused on loans to female borrowers, women enterpreneurs and agro clients. At YE2021, it is the 4th largest MFI by total assets with 7% market share. Headquartered in Tuzla, MiBospo has 193 employees and serves ca. 25,500 clients both in the Federation of BiH and in the Republika Srpska through 38 offices.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 500,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 500,000.00

Additionality

Additionality is achieved by combining the necessary long-term financing via MiBospo with TC and First Loss Risk Cover into a package that promotes investment in Youth MSEs in BiH.

Furthermore, MiBospo will make use of EBRD expertise for the adoption of gender standards and equal opportunities action plans. In particular, MiBospo will support the EBRD's policy dialogue and actively participates in the events, workshops and trainings aimed at improving their understanding of the segment and the challenges that women face in accessing finance as part of the EBRD-led nation/region-wide public-private policy dialogue activities. 

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (2019 ESP). MiBospo is an existing client and will be required to continue to comply with PRs 2, 4 and 9, including adherence to the expanded EBRD E&S Exclusion List and Referral List introduced with ESP 2019. The annual environmental and social report for 2021 will be reviewed and any potential gaps addressed before signing. MiBospo will be required to continue to comply with the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Corporate Loans, SME and Micro Loans, and submit annual environmental and social reports to the Bank. 

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

TC: The Programme is supported by TC funds in the amount of EUR 3.54 million (total for the Programme), and in this case will support MiBospo's capacity building and Youth MSEs, provided by the government of Sweden.

Non-TC: Up to EUR 0.05 million is provided by EBRD Shareholders Special Fund in the form of First Loss Risk Cover to MiBospo in accordance with the Policy Statement.

Company Contact Information

Elmedina Becirovic
ebecirovic@mi-bospo.org
+38761892793
www.mi-bospo.org

PSD last updated

13 Jun 2022

Understanding Transition

Further information regarding the EBRD’s approach to measuring transition impact is available here.

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

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