FIF - Egypt WiB - Reefy Microfinance (EBRD-52538)

  • Egypt
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Sep 21, 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.
Reefy Microfinance Enterprise Services
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 109.27 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.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported EGP 80,000,000.00
Converted using 2021-09-21 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ EBRD website

Updated in EWS Oct 4, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Sep 22, 2021

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Project Description
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According to bank docements, the investment inolves the provision of a senior unsecured loan of up to EGP 80 million in favour of Reefy Microfinance Enterprise Services ("Reefy") under the Women in Business ("WiB") programme to support women-led MSMEs. The Programme will be supported by donor funds from the European Union SEMED MSME Financial Inclusion Programme ("EU SEMED MSME FIP") for a portfolio-based, risk-sharing component.

The EBRD loan will support Reefy's lending activities and expand access to finance for underserved women-led micro-enterprises, particularly in remote regions.

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Private Actors Description
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Founded in 2007, Reefy is Egypt's first licensed microfinance institution and one of the leading players in the Egyptian market. Operating through a wide and well-diversified network of 105 branches, Reefy is focused on untapped, low-income individuals located mostly in rural areas. As of end-June 2021, Reefy's outstanding portfolio stood at EGP 1.3 billion (ca. USD 83 million).

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