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Who is our customer

Tamweelcom, which was established in 1999, is the third largest microfinance institution in Jordan. Its mission is to support employment, foster socio-economic stability and empower low-income individuals in Jordan. One of its target groups are youth and women entrepreneurs. Tamweelcom benefits from a strong market positioning via its wide network of branches across Jordan, particularly in the smaller urban areas.

What is our funding objective?

In 2020 and 2021, Tamweelcom’s lending activity was limited to well-performing clients. In addition, portfolio quality deteriorated due to a less favorable risk environment under Covid-19 lockdown measures. FMO’s USD 10mln Risk Sharing Facility and Capacity Development support should enable Tamweelcom to continue supporting its clients and reach additional micro/small business in line with its social mission. In addition to being underserved by local banks, this segment's income stream is highly vulnerable to Covid-19 restrictions.

Why do we fund this investment?

This transaction with Tamweelcom aligns with our strategy to support SME lending in Jordan where SMEs account for a large part of private sector employment while only receiving a minor share of facilities from Jordanian banks (9% only in 2018). Unemployment is around 47% for Jordanian youth and 23% for women. The proposed transaction is therefore highly inclusive as it will cover SMEs affected by Covid-19 with a focus on women and youth owned SMEs.

What is the Environmental and Social categorization rationale?

Tamweelcom is categorized as E&S C-risk, given the relatively small loan sizes (particularly related to the guaranteed loan portfolio). Tamweelcom applies the IFC Exclusion list and has an E&S policy in place (implemented in 2013 with IFC). It applies the IFC PS risk categorization. In the current loan portfolio, 87% is categorized as C (mostly Retail), 13% as B (Micro and Small Enterprises e.g. working in small industry, construction, poultry) and no A-categories.

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