The granting of a senior loan of up to $1.0 million to Arvand Bank under the Financial Intermediary Framework-Central Asian Women in Business (FIF – CA WiB) program for on-lending to micro, small and medium-sized women-led enterprises (MSMEs).
the project’s objectives
The proposed loan is the third WiB loan to the client following the successful completion of a first pilot project under the Taj WiB program and a second transaction under the CA WiB. The transaction represents a continuation of previous commitments, aimed at supporting more women-led MSMEs in Tajikistan by providing financing opportunities for their business activities and access to know-how.
Impact of transition
ETI rating: 75
The project is a sub-operation of the CA WiB program. It contributes to the objectives of the Central Asia Women in Business (“CA WiB”) program, supporting the impact qualities of inclusive and competitive transition, with the ultimate goal of promoting women’s entrepreneurship and, more broadly, active participation. women in business, thereby reducing the gender inclusion gaps in terms of “access to finance” and “employment and enterprise”. The proposed CA WiB loan represents a continuation of the two previous engagements with the customer under the TajWiB and CA WiB programs, respectively.
CJSC BANK ARVAND
The closed joint stock company “Arvand Bank” (Arvand) operates as a universal commercial bank, providing a full range of banking services, mainly to the retail and MSME segments in Tajikistan.
At the end of February 2022, the bank operated a network of 73 branches and banking service centers and had more than 48,000 borrowers with a net loan portfolio exceeding $57 million. It has more than 64,000 individual depositors.
EBRD Financial Summary
A senior loan of up to US$1.0 million in two tranches of US$0.5 million each under the Central Asian Women in Business program.
Total project cost
Funding structure. The additionality of the proposed loan derives from access to medium-term financing which is not readily available in Tajikistan, particularly in the current macroeconomic environment. Medium-term financing in local currency will promote more suitable lending terms and structures than those currently available to MSMEs. The EBRD remains one of the few IFIs to provide local currency financing at commercially acceptable rates in Tajikistan.
Knowledge, innovation and capacity building. With the WiB programme, the Bank offers a comprehensive form of assistance to the Client which, in addition to financing, includes TC assistance and coverage of first loss risks. This comprehensive package of interventions will enable the client to continue to improve its practices, offerings and delivery mechanisms for women-MSMEs, who are facing increasing challenges due to the crisis, as well as to further penetrate this segment of the market. Marlet.
Environmental and social summary
FI rated (2019 ESP). Bank Arvand is an existing client of the Bank and its environmental and social (E&S) performance has been satisfactory to date, as evidenced by the annual reports on environmental and social issues (including the annual environmental and social report 2021). Bank Arvand has an E&S policy and an exclusion list, as well as an HR policy and a code of conduct. A system is in place to deal with inquiries and concerns from the public.
As part of this new transaction, Arvand will have to continue to comply with performance requirements 2, 4 and 9, and to apply the EBRD’s E&S risk management procedures for companies, SMEs and microcredit. Arvand should continue to provide annual E&S reports to the Bank on compliance with applicable PRs and any other E&S issues arising during the year.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC: No other TC funds will be allocated. Arvand will continue to benefit from previously approved and ongoing TC under the CA WiB program (OpID 52720), with some activities expected to further strengthen the client’s ability to meet the needs of women-led MSMEs.
Non-TC: the project involves a first-loss risk hedging mechanism of up to 10% of the loan (limited to 70% for a single sub-loan); the facility will compensate for Banque Arvand’s credit losses, if any and up to a limit of US$0.1 million, related to its participation in the program. Source: SBIF (Small Business Impact Fund).
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CJSC Bank Arvand 1A Somoni Avenue Khujand, 735700, Republic of Tajikistan
PSD latest update
March 10, 2022
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