Access Financial Services: Green microfinance for clean and efficient energy (IADB-JA-X1010)

  • Jamaica
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Specific Location
Kingston, St. Catherine, Manchester, Montego Bay
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Financial Institutions
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
Jul 23, 2015
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Access Financial Services Limited
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  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 0.28 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 0.41 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IADB website

Updated in EWS Jun 22, 2017

Disclosed by Bank Jan 15, 2016

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Project Description
The EcoMicro project will support the microfinance institution Access Financial Services Limited (AFSL) with technical assistance to develop a new green financial product. The product will be targeted to low-income households and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) across Jamaica. The project goal is to increase MSMEs' competitiveness and to increase low-income households' disposable income through better management of energy costs. The purpose will be to develop MSMEs and low-income households' use of green finance product for clean and efficient energy solutions that can reduce operational costs through energy savings.
Investment Description
The IADB's Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) in partnership with the Nordic Development Fund, through the EcoMicro facility, will provide technical assistance to AFSL. The consulting firm Frankfurt School of Finance and Management will work with AFSL to develop the green finance product. The Technical Cooperation will cost US $413,700. US $284,000 will be funded by the IADB, and US $129,700 through country counterpart financing.

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