Proparco is renewing its support to Ivorian microenterprises and SMEs via a loan to Cofina Group, the pan-African leader in mesofinance

Côte d'Ivoire
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With a EUR 5m loan, Proparco is supporting the growth in the activities of Cofina Cote d’Ivoire to allow it to develop its range of products. This loan will facilitate access to credit for microenterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and will help them play their key role in the economy.
Client presentation

Cofina Cote d'Ivoire, formerly Compagnie Africaine de Crédit, is a subsidiary of the pan-African group COFINA (Compagnie Financière Africaine), a leader on the mesofinance market. It operates in 7 West and Central African countries and is now a key player in financing microenterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises, including informal companies. Cofina Cote d'Ivoire targets a client base underserved by the traditional financial system, by offering customized financial products and services to meet the specific needs of microenterprises/small and medium-sized enterprises that find it difficult to access financing. 

Project description

This EUR 5m loan will support the growth in the institutions lending activity and therefore the development of its support to entrepreneurs. This support is essential at this time in order to mitigate the financial impact of the global pandemic, which is increasing the reluctance of financial institutions to invest in this structurally more risky business target. 

Project impact

This loan should provide 639 Ivorian microenterprises and SMEs with access to a range of financing and 221 individual beneficiaries should have access to an essential service. It will also maintain over 5,200 direct or indirect jobs.
By allowing Cofina, the country’s leading mesofinance institution, to increase its loans to local SMEs, this operation will have a significant impact on inclusive economic growth, in line with goals 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and 10 (Reduced inequalities) of the Sustainable Development Goals and in full accordance with the Paris Agreement. 

22/05/2020
Date of signature of the project
Sectors
Côte d'Ivoire
Location
Financing tool
5 000 000 Euros
Amount of funding
EUR 5m loan
Financing details
Compagnie Financière Africaine (Cofina)
Client
CES