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.
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.
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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