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Project name
GeoCapital, Georgia
Project ID
11597
Fiscal year
2013
Status
Active
Guarantee holder
Principals of a microfinance organization operating in Georgia
Investor country
United States
Host country
Georgia
Environmental category
C
Sector
Banking
Date SPG disclosed
April 19, 2013
Project Board date
May 28, 2013
Gross exposure
 $1.8 million
Project type
SIP
Strategic priority area
IDA

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Project Description

On May 29, 2013, MIGA issued guarantees totaling $1.8 million covering equity investments and shareholder loans by two individual American investors in GeoCapital, Georgia. The coverage is for a period of up to three years against the risks of transfer restriction, expropriation, and war and civil disturbance.

The project involves investment in the creation and subsequent expansion of operations of GeoCapital Microfinance Organization LLC (GC), a fast-growing microfinance institution in Kutaisi (Imereti region), Georgia. GC offers small loans primarily to individuals but also to micro and small businesses. The purpose of the loans is to provide working capital for small businesses, house remodeling/repairs, education and medical expenses, and other general purposes. These loans are extended to the large population of households and businesses that have had no or limited access to credit.

In Georgia, access to finance is one of the main constraints for both companies and individuals. GC is helping a part of the “unbankable” population gain access to credit and loans for purposes ranging from home equity loans to medical, educational, and income-generation loans. As a large portion of these loans are extended to individuals, they enhance Georgians’ capacity to pay for social services.

GC’s loans carry a lower interest rate than other microfinance institutions operating in the country. This competition has resulted in other institutions’ reductions in their rates by an annual average of 20 percent—to the benefit of low-income consumers.

Since its establishment in 2011, GC has opened three branches and employs 30 people. The company has plans to open 17 new branches within the next three years.

The World Bank Group Country Partnership Strategy for Georgia recognizes that credit constraints are severe in the country, and the project addresses this concern. MIGA’s support for this investment is also aligned with the Agency’s strategy of supporting investments into countries eligible for concessional lending from the International Development Association.

The project is underwritten through MIGA’s Small Investment Program.

 

 
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