Genesis I (IFC-39578)

  • Guatemala
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 25, 2017
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  • Finance
  • Industry and Trade
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Loan Amount (USD)
$ 20.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Investment Amount (USD)
Not Disclosed
When disclosed, the bank did not provide this value. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Nov 29, 2017

Disclosed by Bank Nov 22, 2017

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Project Description
The project consists of two 3-year senior unsecured loans to Fundación Génesis Empresarial (“Genesis” or the “Company”), the largest microfinance institution (“MFI”) in Guatemala. The proceeds will finance the growth of Genesis’s micro and small loan portfolio (the “Project”).
Investment Description
The proposed IFC total investment consists of two senior unsecured loans for up to US$ 20 million total.
Financial Intermediary
Financial Intermediary: A commercial bank or financial institution that receives funds from a development bank. A financial intermediary then lends these funds to their clients (private actors) in the form of loans, bonds, guarantees and equity shares. Financial intermediaries include insurance, pension and equity funds. The direct financial relationship is between the development bank and the financial intermediary.
Private Actors Description
According to the IFC: Genesis is the largest microfinance institution (“MFI”) in Guatemala, serving around 100,000 clients, of which over 70% are women. In October 2017, Genesis received a Five-Star Social Rating from MicroRate, the highest score on the scale. Launched in 1988 as a foundation, Genesis was sponsored by USAID, the United States Agency for International Development founded in 1961; Acción Internacional , a global non-profit organization that supports microfinance institutions and was founded in 1961; and Fundación Tecnológica , a local non-profit organization. As a foundation, Genesis does not hold a shareholding structure.

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