LIWWA INC (FMO-52915)

Countries
  • Jordan
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Approved
Bank Risk Rating
C
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Voting Date
Feb 21, 2018
The estimate day the bank will vote on a proposed investment. The decision dates may change, so review updated project documents or contact the EWS team.
Borrower
Liwwa Inc.
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors
  • Finance
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 0.50 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 0.50 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ FMO website

Updated in EWS Aug 9, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Mar 8, 2018


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Project Description

FMO's USD 500,000 convertible loan, with an option to convert to equity, will be used to invest in technology, fuel growth in Jordan and replicate Liwwa in Egypt.

Investment Description
  • Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)

FMO's USD 500,000 convertible loan, with an option to convert to equity, will be used to invest in technology, fuel growth in Jordan and replicate Liwwa in Egypt.

Private Actors

Liwwa Inc. ("Liwwa") is a FinTech start-up that operates a crowdfunding platform to provide trade finance to un(der)served small businesses. Liwwa started operation in March 2015 and targets a serviceable market of ~45.5k businesses in Jordan. MSMEs benefit from an online loan application process and marketplace function, while retail investors can crowdfund 'campaigns' based on the credit assessment, loan structuring and pricing determined by Liwwa. Liwwa operates a hybrid model: 3 local banks and Liwwa fund campaigns alongside retail investors. Liwwa aims to scale the business in Jordan, a.o. by expanding the acquisition strategy and sales team, and looks to replicate the business in Egypt.

Contact Information

*Contact information not provided at the time of disclosure*

ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF FMO

Communities who believe they will be negatively affected by a project funded by the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) may be able to file a complaint with the Independent Complaints Mechanism, which is the joint independent accountability mechanism of the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and the German Investment Corporation (KfW) . A complaint can be filed in writing, by email, post, or online. The complaint can be filed in English or any other language of the complainant. The Independent Complaints Mechanism is comprised of a three-member Independent Expert Panel and it can provide either problem-solving, compliance review or both, in either order. Additional information about this accountability mechanism, including a guide and template for filing a complaint, can be found at: https://www.fmo.nl/independent-complaints-mechanism.