Loan to Humo MSME & Skills Pilot under FIF

Location:

Tajikistan

Project number:

53898

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

09 Aug 2022

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

10 Aug 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

The provision of a senior local currency loan under the Financial Intermediaries Framework (FIF) in the total amount of up to US$ 2m. As part of the transaction, Humo will also expand access to programming skills to women, through the provision of certified training in partnership with a licensed vocational school in Tajikistan.

Project Objectives

The proceeds of the loan will be on-lent to local private MSMEs in accordance with the requirements of the FIF Policy Statement. 

Transition Impact

ETI score: 63

Competitive: The loan will support Humo in expanding its MSME portfolio with a focus on reaching regional clients and attracting new clients while ensuring prudent lending practices and adequate portfolio quality.

Inclusive: Humo commits to expand access to market-relevant skills by committing to offer IT training to women.

Client Information

HUMO MICROCREDIT DEPOSIT ORGANISATION CJSC

HUMO is the 2nd largest microfinanace institution in Tajikistan by assets and loan portfolio. The company serves the lower segment of micro and small enterprisesniche predominantly in retail and agribusiness sectors.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 2,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

USD 2,000,000.00

Additionality

Financing Structure: the EBRD offers local currency financing on terms not readily available in the market.

Environmental and Social Summary

Category FI (2019 ESP). Humo is an existing client of the Bank and its environmental and social (E&S) performance has been satisfactory to date as evidenced by annual reporting on environmental and social matters. In the context of this new transaction, Humo 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 Micro, SME and Corporate loans. Humo will continue to provide annual E&S reporting to the Bank on compliance with the applicable PRs and any other material E&S matters arising during the year. There is no GET component associated with this project.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

None.

Company Contact Information

Azamzhon Abbasov
AbbasovA@humo.tj
+992 (44) 640-55-44
https://www.humo.tj/
148/1 N. Qaraboev Str., 734061, Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan

PSD last updated

10 Aug 2022

Understanding Transition

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Environmental and Social Policy (ESP)

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More information on the EBRD’s practices in this regard is set out in the ESP.

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OCCO is also responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and misconduct in EBRD-financed projects. Anyone, both within or outside the Bank, who suspects fraud or corruption should submit a written report to the Chief Compliance Officer by email to compliance@ebrd.com. All matters reported will be handled by OCCO for follow-up. All reports, including anonymous ones, will be reviewed. Reports can be made in any language of the Bank or of the Bank's countries of operation. The information provided must be made in good faith.

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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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