Project detail - Cooperative Bank of Oromia - Nasira Portfolio

Cooperative Bank of Oromia - Nasira Portfolio

Status: Investment in contracting phase
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Who is our prospective customer?

Cooperative Bank of Oromia ('COOP') is the fourth largest bank in Ethiopia. The bank started in 2004 with a focus on the agricultural sector & cooperatives. It has since expanded into a universal bank and currently operates through c.740 branches with c.13mn customers across the country and with 75% of the branches in rural areas.

What is our funding objective?

COOP is considered a good partner for FMO given their unique focus on cooperatives and agriculture clients and strong interest in promoting sustainable banking and agriculture practices. In addition, the bank is seen as one of the most innovative in the market having launched the sector’s first digital lending app and alternative banking channels (mobile money and agency networks) and is one of the only banks in the country to be actively lending to Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and the agriculture sector with the bank operating primarily through rural branches and also employing c.90 agronomists to provide capacity building and advisory support to their clients.

Why do we want to fund this investment?

This will be the first guarantee under the Nasira risk-sharing facility in Ethiopia with the guarantee covering the bank’s loans to their MSME clients, making it a highly impactful transaction that will encourage more financing to MSMEs in Ethiopia and qualifying the transaction as 100% Reducing Inequalities.

What is the Environmental and Social categorization rationale?

COOP has been categorized as E&S risk "A" due to the exposure to IFC Performance Standards transactions in the bank’s portfolio and the contextual risks in Ethiopia. COOP is in full compliance with FMO's exclusion list and FMO will be supporting the bank through Technical Assistance to develop and implement an E&S Management System to ensure the bank is well equipped to manage the E&S risks in their portfolio.

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Date Total FMO financing
7/1/2024 USD 0.50 MLN
Website customer/investment
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Publication date
Deadline for feedback
Total FMO financing
USD 4.40 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)