• Latin America and Caribbean
Geographic location 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.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Central America Small Enterprises Investment Fund (CASEIF IV)
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)
$ 15.00 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.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 15.00 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 @ FMO website

Updated in EWS Oct 7, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Sep 24, 2020

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Project Description
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The Central America Small Enterprises Investment Fund (CASEIF IV) aims to provide growth capital to small and medium companies (SMEs) in Central America, Panama, Dominican Republic and Colombia. CASEIF IV targets to raise USD 75m in commitments and will be managed by Lafise Investment Management (LIM), a fund management company resulting from a joint venture between NORFUND and LAFISE Group. This represents a continuing relationship for FMO, having committed to the predecessor fund managed by LIM, CASEIF III, in 2014.


LIM intends to promote development and fight poverty by enhancing sustainable growth of private sector businesses. The investment strategy of CASEIF IV will be in line with the successfully implemented strategy of CASEIF III. CASEIF IV will provide mainly mezzanine and to a smaller extent equity financing to a diversified portfolio of SMEs in Central America, Panama, Dominican Republic and Colombia. This geographical focus is in line with the presence of LAFISE Group's local offices. While LIM targets a multi-sectoral portfolio, the key focus will be on sectors such as agroindustry, food and beverage processing where LIM has gained considerable expertise. CASEIF IV will target a portfolio of 10-12 investees with an average ticket size of USD 6m.


An investment in CASEIF IV aligns strongly with FMO's strategy to deepen relationships with existing partners and contribute to improving access to finance for SMEs in the Central American region.


The E&S categorization of CASEIF IV is B based on the pipeline and on LIM's strategy. LIM has demonstrated a proven commitment towards E&S, undertakes rigorous ESG due diligence on its investees and ensures risk mitigation through an action plan aligned with the IFC Environmental and Social Performance Standards.

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