FIF - CA WiB Programme - IMON

Location:

Tajikistan

Project number:

53006

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

06 Jul 2021

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

15 Jul 2021

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

Provision of a senior loan of up to US$ 1.0 million to Imon International under the Central Asian Women in Business (CA WiB) programme for on-lending to women-led micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

Project Objectives

The project objective is to promote and support women entrepreneurship in Tajikistan and, more broadly, women's participation in business by assisting women-led micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to access finance, know-how and advice, particularly in the country's regions. The financing gap is a major obstacle in enabling the transition of women-led MSMEs.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 70

The project contributes to the objectives of the CA WiB programme, supporting the inclusive and competitive Transition Impact qualities. The loan will support the transition objective of the  programme, i.e. the promotion of female entrepreneurship and, more broadly, women's active participation in business, alleviating gender inclusion gaps in terms of "access to finance" and "employment and business". The proposed CA WiB loan represents the second WiB loan to the client following a successful realisation of a pilot TajWiB loan.

Client Information

IMON INTERNATIONAL MICROCREDIT DEPOSIT-TAKING ORGANISATION CJSC

IMON is the largest microfinance institution in the country covering around 18% of the micro lending and 9% of total lending in Tajikistan. The company serves over 100,000 customers via an extensive network of 28 branches and 102 outlets located across 3 (out of 4) regions.
The company was founded as a micro-lending project in 1999 by the National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan (NABWT) in partnership with the NGO MercyCorps, a global aid agency. In 2005 it was transformed into the Microcredit Fund "IMON" and then into a commercial micro-lending organization "IMON International" in 2008. The company obtained a deposit taking licence in 2012 and was subsequently reorganised as a microfinance deposit-taking organisation (MDO). Since then it offers almost a full variety of conventional banking products (loan, deposit, money transfer and FX transactions) to MSMEs, sole entrepreneurs and retail clients with primary focus on underserved, economically active segments of the Tajik population.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 1,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

USD 1,000,000.00

Additionality

Knowledge, innovation, and capacity building: EBRD provides expertise, innovation, knowledge and/or capabilities that are material to the timely realisation of the project's objectives, including support to strengthen the capacity of the client.

Environmental and Social Summary

IMON will be required to continue to comply with Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9, and to apply EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for Corporate and SME loans. IMON should continue to provide annual E&S reporting to the Bank on compliance with the applicable PRs and any other E&S matters arising during the year.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

A. Technical Cooperation (TC)

The Central Asian WiB TC Programme includes two linked TC components:

(i) tailored capacity-building for partner banks.

Funding source: We-Fi

Amount/currency: USD 5.0m at the CA WiB Programme level

Funding status: Confirmed

(ii) capacity-building for women-led MSMEs via the Advice for Small Businesses (ASB) team.

Funding source: We-Fi

Amount/currency: USD 4.5m at the CA WiB Programme level

Funding status: Confirmed

B. Co-investment grants / Concessional Finance (Non-TC)

The project involves a First Loss Risk Cover mechanism of up to 10% of a WiB loan (limited to 70% per a single sub-loan) which translates into up to USD 0.1m for the project; the first loss risk cover will compensate for credit losses of IMON as a result of its participation in the Programme.

Funding source: SBIF

Amount/currency: USD 0.1m

Funding status: Confirmed

Company Contact Information

Khurshed Tadzhibaev
khtojiboev@imon.tj
+992 3422 42353
www.imon.tj
17th Microdistrict, Building#2 Khudjand 735700 Republic of Tajikistan

PSD last updated

15 Jul 2021

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.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out more about IPAM and its mandate; how to submit a Request for review; or contact IPAM  via email ipam@ebrd.com to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.

 

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