EQUITY BANK (KENYA) LIMITED (FMO-59070)

Countries
  • Kenya
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
Active
Bank Risk Rating
A
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
Dec 10, 2020
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
Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited
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.
Ring Fence
  • Small & Medium Enterprises
A financial intermediary is a commercial bank or financial institution that receives funds from a development bank, sometimes for a specific lending purpose. A "ring fence" is another name for this specific purpose. These funds are then used for lending by the financial intermediary to client companies or individuals.
Investment Type(s)
Loan
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, etc.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 37.50 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 Jul 21, 2021


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Project Description

According to FMO's website, this project provides financing to Equity Bank (Kenya) to fund small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Investment Description
Private Actors Description

Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited ("EBK") is a fully owned subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Plc (“EGH”), a non-operating holding company (the “Group”), one of the largest financial service groups in East Africa. Since 2006, the Group is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and operates in seven markets in East and Central Africa (Kenya, DRC, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Sudan, including a representative office in Ethiopia). EBK, which is the flagship Bank of the Group, was founded in 1984 in Nairobi and originally acted as a provider of mortgage financing for the low-income population. In 2004, it transformed into a commercial bank becoming the No. 2 Bank in Kenya by size. The Bank offers a broad range of financial products and services for retail and business clients and historically has a special focus on SME’s and Micro SME’s.


Contact Information

*Contact information not provided at the time of disclosure*

ACCESS TO INFORMATION

As part of FMO's ex-ante disclosure (disclosure of transactions before contracting), you can send requests or questions for additional information to: disclosure@fmo.nl 

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