Letshego Namibia Housing (IFC-44605)

  • Namibia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jun 25, 2021
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.
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  • Industry and Trade
  • Infrastructure
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 50.00 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 May 27, 2021

Disclosed by Bank May 24, 2021

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Project Description
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According to bank provided information, the proposed project (“the Project”) consists of a 5-year senior loan of up to US $50 million to the banking and microfinance subsidiaries of Letshego Namibia (“Letshego or the Company”). IFC’s facility will help Letshego promote access to housing finance via affordable housing mortgages and home improvement loans to un(der)served individuals in Namibia.

The Company has expressed interested in an IFC Advisory Services (AS) engagement to support the further development of housing, micro-finance, and SME products. The AS team has had several meetings at a country and group level and is formulating an engagement proposal.

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.

The proposed IFC investment is a senior loan of up to US $50 million with a tenor of 5-year period with a 2-year grace period.

Private Actors Description
A Private Actor is a non-governmental body or entity that is the borrower or client of a development project, which can include corporations, private equity and banks. This describes the private actors and their roles in relation to the project, when private actor information is disclosed or has been further researched.

Company: Letshego Namibia is composed by a holding company, Letshego Holdings Namibia Ltd (“LHN”), and its two fully owned subsidiaries: Letshego Bank Namibia Ltd (LBN) and Letshego Micro Financial Services Namibia (Pty) Ltd (LMFSN). Letshego is the biggest payroll lender in Namibia and the 5th largest bank in the country by assets.

Shareholders: LHN is owned 78.5% by the Letshego Holdings Limited (“LHL” or “the Group”), 12% by Kumwe Investment Holdings, and 9.5% by retail and institutional investors via the Botswana Stock Exchange. LHN does not have commercial activity of its own and is controlled by the Botswana-based LHL, which is present in eleven countries across Southern, East and West Africa. The Group offers a wide range of products, with unsecured short-term and long-term loans being its principal product.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Letshego Holdings (Namibia) Limited Client -

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Arvind Prahlad
Regional Finance Manager
+ 267 364 3000
Letshego Place 22, Khama Crescent Gaborone, Botswana


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