A senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 2 million to be provided in two equal tranches under the Financial Intermediaries Framework ("FIF").
The Loan proceeds will be used for on-lending to private micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises in Kosovo in accordance with the Policy Statement.
ETI score: 60
The project contributes to the objectives of the FIF, supporting the Transition Impact qualities of Competitive and Resilient:
Competitive: the project will expand AFK's lending to private MSMEs in Kosovo, with a focus on regional outreach and attraction of new MSME clients.
Resilient: AFK is expected to maintain adequate MSME portfolio quality.
AGENCY FOR FINANCE IN KOSOVO
Agency for Finance in Kosovo ("AFK") is the fourth largest microfinance institution ("MFI") in Kosovo, organized as a non-governmental organisation ("NGO"). Its establishment was financed from contributions received through Mercy Corps, a US-based NGO. Operating since October 2000, AFK provides access to finance to micro and small entrepreneurs, especially in the rural areas.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
Risk mitigation - AFK currently relies on wholesale borrowings from institutional investors and IFIs. Even though other cheaper financing options from these investors may be accessible, AFK values the long-term relationship with the EBRD as a financier; it provides comfort to the client with the commitment to develop further its offering and lending practices and it is also expected to instill trust among other financiers of the client based on the EBRD's reputation and context-specific knowledge.
Knowledge, innovation, and capacity building - FIF policy statement, ESD requirements and financial covenants will ensure proper use of loan proceeds, adherence to the best environmental and social practices and prudent financial risk management.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). AFK is an existing client and has demonstrated compliance with PRs 2, 4 and 9 through its latest Annual Environmental and Social Report for 2021. AFK will be required to continue to comply with the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Micro, SME and Corporate Loans, as well as the applicable PRs, and submit annual E&S reports to the Bank. AFK has appropriate staffing and risk management procedures in place to cover the requirements of MSME and WiB lines. AFK is required to apply its current E&S risk management process and ensure compliance of sub-projects with national EHS requirements. There will be no GET Share associated with this project.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
+383 39 424 242
Agjencioni për Financim në Kosovë (AFK) Lidhja e Prizrenit No.1 Peje Republic of Kosovo
PSD last updated
30 Jun 2022
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