Up to USD 4 million, local currency denominated, three year Women in Business (WIB) credit line to Credo Bank.
This will be the first WiB project between EBRD and Credo, therefore adding one more participant to WiB framework. Lending to women and women-led businesses has always been at the core of bank's business, more than a half (by number) and up to 45% (by volume) of Credo's loan book has a female gender tag. WiB will continue promoting women entrepreneurship and women participation in business by building or improving efficiency of respective entities through expertise and advisory services (ASB) provided under the framework. Credo will be the third bank and financial institution to join the programme in Georgia.
ETI score: 80
The WiB loan to Credo under EaP WiB Programme will support the Inclusive and Competitive transition qualities by promoting women's entrepreneurship and more broadly women's participation in the economy, and by alleviating gender gaps in "access to finance" and "employment and business."
CREDO BANK JSC
Credo Bank ("Credo", "the bank") is a commercial bank operating in Georgia catering financial needs of micro and small entities, and slowly penetrating into medium enterprises segment. Ranked the 5th largest in the Georgian banking sector and accounting for 3% of the banking assets, Credo is owned by social impact investors, Access Holding (51.2%), Proparco (15%), ResponsAbility (17%) and Triodos Doen (16.8%).
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
Financing Structure: EBRD offers local currency financing on terms not readily available in the market.
Standard setting: helping projects and clients achieve higher standards.
Client seeks/makes use of EBRD expertise on higher Equality of Opportunity/inclusive standards (e.g. adherence to labour standards which goes beyond the provisions set in EBRD Performance Requirements of Labour and Working Conditions of the environmental and social policy, development of comprehensive and institutional corporate social responsibility programmes).
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). Credo Bank is a current client of EBRD and E&S performance to date in the context of existing projects has been good. Credo Bank has developed, and put into operation, a suite of policy and procedural documents including an Environmental and Social Performance Policy (including an E&S Exclusion List), a Code of Ethics and Business Conduct and two processes for receipt of grievances. Together, these and other internal systems, cover the EBRD Performance Requirements for Labour and Working Conditions, Health, Safety and Security as well as for Financial Intermediaries. Credo Bank should continue to provide annual E&S reporting to the Bank on the implementation of systems for E&S management and on compliance with the Bank's E&S requirements.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC: The EaP WiB TC Programme ("Programme") includes two-linked components: (i) capacity building to PFIs to implement the Programme and a range of crosscutting activities in support of the Programme promotion and management; (ii) women-led SMEs access to know-how (Advice for Small Businesses). The Programme is supported by Sida (Sweden) with EUR 9.5 million, European Union contributing up to EUR 3.5 million, and EBRD Early Transition Countries Fund (ETCF) with up to EUR 0.9 million.
Company Contact Information
R.Tabukashvili street 27, Tbilisi, Georgia
PSD last updated
04 Feb 2023
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