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Who is our customer

Mercapital de Nicaragua S.A. (Mercapital) is the financial arm of Mercon Coffee Group (MCG) in Nicaragua. MCG is one of the world’s leading coffee merchants. It has sourcing operations in Central America, Brazil and Vietnam and a significant share in sustainable and quality coffees. Mercon is involved in all aspects of the coffee supply chain from primary production, production and distribution of seedlings, sourcing and processing of coffee from third parties to the delivery and export of green coffee. Mercon has developed into a supply chain manager with upstream operations and producer engagement in origin countries and strong relationships with premium coffee buyers. The coffees that Mercon sources are mostly certified (Utz, 4C, RfA, C.A.F.E. Practices) and deliveries are based on long-term relationships between Mercon and the producers.

What is our funding objective?

FMO will provide a facility up to USD 8 million. The funds will be utilized to build a portfolio with long and short term loans to Arabica and Robusta coffee farmers for purposes such as farm renovation & new plantings, to cover labour costs and farm inputs.

Why do we fund this investment?

Mercapital supports MCG’s coffee operations in Nicaragua hand by hand with Comercial Internacional Exportadora S.A. (CISA), the group’s main operating company in the country. Mercapital provides long and short-term financing to over 3,000 coffee producers. Support from CISA and Mercapital enables producers to achieve their long-term farm objectives of increased production & yields, improved climate resilience and stabilized earnings from the farms in impoverished regions of Nicaragua.

What is the Environmental and Social categorization rationale?

The focus will be on the Social aspects, namely implementation of the Client Protection Principles.

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Date Total FMO financing
11/1/2019 USD 5.00 MLN
1/14/2020 EUR 0.02 MLN
Website customer/investment
Latin America & The Caribbean
Financial Institutions
Publication date
Effective date
Total FMO financing
USD 5.00 MLN
Risk categorization on environmental and social impacts, A = high risk, B+ = medium high risk, B = medium risk, C = low risk Environmental & Social Category
(A, B+, B or C)