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Who is our customer

Vitas Palestine (“Vitas”) is the second largest MFI in Palestine. Its mission is to support unbanked people to improve and sustain their lives and businesses by providing them the financial resources needed to support their economic activity and improve their standard of living.

What is our funding objective?

Vitas will use the new facility to continue funding clients in underserved areas of Palestine. The objective of these funds is to extend access to finance for micro-sized enterprises.

Why do we fund this investment?

Transaction perfectly fits in FMO’s strategy to increase our activities in the MENA region. FMO believes that stable access to finance for micro enterprises contributes to economic development. With this long-term financing FMO supports Vitas in its mission to extend access to micro enterprises. Shown by its mission and track-record, Vitas plays an important role contributing to economic development in various (underserved) sectors.

What is the Environmental and Social categorization rationale?

The project has been categorised as Category C in accordance with FMO’s Sustainability Policy. The Project’s activities are deemed to have minimal or no adverse environmental and social risks and/or impacts. As part of the Project, Vitas Palestine will be required to apply the EDFI Exclusion List and Palestine E&S laws and regulations.

The Palestinian Territories
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)