MFW Jordan (IFC-42450)

  • Jordan
Geographic location 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
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Jan 15, 2020
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Finance
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 10.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Mar 3, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Nov 14, 2019

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the proposed project entails a local currency loan equivalent to US$10 million with a 5-year tenor to Micro Fund for Women (“MfW”), the largest and leading microfinance institution in Jordan. The proceeds of the IFC loan would be utilized by MfW to support its lending program to very small enterprises (“VSEs”), with a focus on VSEs owned or led by women. Moreover, part of the lending will be earmarked for on-lending to refugees and their host communities.

Investment Description
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The Project consists of a senior loan of up to US$10 million equivalent in local currency for up to 5 years to support the Company’s lending program to women owned/led VSEs, refugees and host communities in Jordan.

Private Actors Description
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MFW launched its operations in 1994 as a Save the Children pilot program that was started in two Palestinian refugee camps in Amman. In 1996, the program expanded significantly and was converted into an independent NGO called the “Jordanian Women’s Development Society (JWDS)”. In 1999, under a joint initiative of Ghiath Sukhtian (60% shareholder) and Save the Children (40% shareholder), JWDS was registered as a non-profit limited liability company under its present name, Microfund for Women, with the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Over the years, MfW grew to be the leading MFI with the largest branch network in Jordan operating through 61 branches covering all regions and main populated areas of the Kingdom. By end of Jun-19, MfW had more than 149,000 borrowers (94.6% women) with loan portfolio of US$82 million, representing market share of 32% and 25%, respectively. In 2018, MfW became licensed by the Central Bank of Jordan under the microfinance regulatory framework.   

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