According to ADB, the proposed project will strengthen microfinance in Bangladesh by expanding access to finance for unbanked and underbanked microenterprises, especially microenterprises owned by women and those from regions affected by adverse climatic conditions.The project targets increased access to finance for microfinance institutions (MFIs), which are key lenders to microenterprises. The project will channel funds through Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), a state-owned wholesale microfinance and development organization, which will onlend to its partner MFIs.ADB will use the attached TA to help develop a pilot credit guarantee fund (CGF) at PKSF and develop partner MFIs’ capacity to enhance women’s entrepreneurship skills and promote environmentally responsible microenterprise financing through advisory services for those affected by climate risk.It builds on previous work by ADB in microfinance, including commercialization and digitalization of microfinance and inclusive insurance as well as providing financial support for microcredit development. The financial intermediary modality is used as it is the most appropriate to achieve the project objectives of (i) expanding microenterprises’ access to finance, and (ii) expanding MFIs’ sources of funding.
Bank Rating: FI-C
The project is estimated to cost $200 million.The government has requested a concessional loan of $200 million from ADB’s ordinary capital resources to help finance the project. The loan will have a 25-year term, including a grace period of 5 years; an interest rate of 2.0% per year during the grace period and thereafter; and such other terms and conditions set forth in the draft loan and project agreements.
|Responsible ADB Officer
|Responsible ADB Department
|South Asia Department
|Responsible ADB Division
|Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SARD
|Financial Institutions Division-MOF
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