Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, September 6, 2022—IFC signed an agreement with one of the Kyrgyz Republic’s leading financial institutions, Demir Kyrgyz International Bank (DemirBank), to help channel funding to smaller businesses across the country, including those owned by women. The initiative is part of a larger effort by IFC to spur economic growth and support small-scale entrepreneurs, who often struggle to secure the loans they need to expand their businesses.
IFC will provide DemirBank with a Kyrgyz som loan worth the equivalent of $10 million. The bank will use the proceeds to ramp up lending to small and medium enterprises. Some 25 percent of the funding will be earmarked for women-run businesses.
Micro, small, and medium enterprises account for 42 percent of the Kyrgyz Republic's gross domestic product but many have limited access to bank financing. The credit gap facing these businesses is about $1.4 billion.
“Thanks to this collaboration with IFC, DemirBank now has expanded its ability to support its existing and new MSME customers and especially women-led business with affordable loans. This is a good opportunity for the private sector entrepreneurs to benefit from this initiative. DemirBank will enhance its efforts further in order to expand a relationship with MSME, which are the key players of developing economy”, said L. Sevki Sarilar, General Manager of DemirBank.
"Smaller businesses are the backbone of the Kyrgyz Republic's economy, but they struggle to access financing," said Cassandra Colbert, IFC Senior Manager, Central Asia. " IFC is pleased to support DemirBank and enable the bank to channel more funding to these enterprises, helping them to expand and create much-needed jobs."
Along with providing financing, IFC will help DemirBank develop products and services tailored to women entrepreneurs.
IFC’s engagement with the bank is supported by the Local Currency Facility of the International Development Association’s Private Sector Window. The partnership with DemirBank is part of a larger IFC effort to support private businesses and drive economic growth in the Kyrgyz Republic.
IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In the fiscal year 2022, IFC committed a record $32.8 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of global compounding crises. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
About the IDA Private Sector Window
As part of the 19th replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group is continuing the IDA Private Sector Window (PSW) created under IDA18 to catalyze private sector investment in the poorest and most fragile countries. Recognizing the key role of the private sector in achieving IDA’s objectives and the World Bank Group’s twin goals, the window provides a source of co-investment funding and guarantees to de-risk private investments supported by IFC and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). The IDA PSW is an option when there is no commercial solution and the World Bank Group’s other tools and approaches are insufficient. For more information, visit: http://ida.worldbank.org/psw