The proposed investment consists of an up to 5-year loan for up to US$8 million to be provided by IFC to Banco Familiar S.A.E.C.A (“Familiar” or the “Bank”) and an up to 3-year loan for up to US$17 million to be mobilized from other lenders under IFC's B lender program to expand the Bank’s micro, small and medium enterprises (“MSMEs”) lending program (the “Project”) in Paraguay (the “Country”).
The Project will contribute to close the finance gap for MSMEs in Paraguay, leveraging the Bank's operational capacity to lend to this segment. In addition, IFC anticipates that the Project will have economy-wide effects by promoting job creation.
There is often limited information publicly available about what development banks are funding through financial intermediaries. In 2021, the Early Warning System partnered with Oxfam International to incorporate information on high-risk projects being funded by financial intermediaries receiving funding from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO).
The information listed below describes the relationship between the different private actors linked to high-risk sectors and subprojects of IFC and FMO's financial intermediary investments and/or the financial intermediary's parent companies made from 2017 through 2020, including any associated ring fences.
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Familiar is a niche bank traditionally focused in providing consumer loans to individuals in the base of the pyramid. The Bank developed into a fully integrated bank offering saving products, transactional services, loans and other services to MSMEs and corporates, without losing its traditional focus in the consumer segment. Headquartered in Asunción, Familiar currently employs 1,088 staff and has 55 branches across the Country, the fourth largest branch network among private banks.
Familiar has a diverse shareholder base composed mainly by Paraguayan families. No individual nor single family has the single majority of the shares. Alfredo Steinmann Rosenbaum is the largest individual shareholder with 6.2% of the voting rights (10.2% when combined with other members of the family). The Camperchioli family is the largest shareholder group with a combined 26.4% of the voting rights.
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF IFC
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