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Countries:
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Honduras
Banks:
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
  • Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)
Bank Risk Rating: FI
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Board Decision Date: 2016-12-13
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Borrower or Client: Banco Financiera Comercial Hondureña S.A. (“Ficohsa”)
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors:
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  • Finance
Investment Amount (USD): $ 18.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.

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Original disclosure @ IIC website
Updated in EWS: 2017-06-22
Disclosure Date: 2016-11-02
Fichosa Sub-debt Partnership
IIC-12000-02

Project Description
The proposed Ficohsa Sub-debt Financing Partnership (the "Project") will contribute to increasing access to finance for small and medium enterprises ("SME") in Honduras, including women-led SMEs. The Project entails a subordinated financing of up to US$12 million from IDB Group and up to US$6 million from the China Co-financing Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean to Banco Financiera Comercial Hondurena ("Ficohsa"), which will strengthen Ficohsa's capital structure and support its continued expansion in the SME sector. The financing is expected to be complemented by an additional US$12 million subordinated financing from OFID. By partnering with Ficohsa, one of the leading private-sector banks in the country, the financing supports the bank's strategic goals in SMEs and women banking in Honduras. The stated aim of the partnership is to provide medium term funding to SMEs, including women-owned businesses, and the IIC estimates there are likely to be minimal to moderate indirect environmental, social or health and safety (ESHS) and labor impacts and risks. Ficohsa’s SME portfolio is concentrated in commerce, services, and higher risk investments in agriculture and manufacturing. The country context of Honduras presents complex environmental and social issues, which can affect sub-loans directed towards larger corporate energy and agriculture borrowers, which the IIC says are not eligible under this operation.
Investment Description
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ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF IIC The Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI) is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who have been or are likely to be adversely affected by an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) or Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)-funded project. If you submit a complaint to MICI, they may assist you in addressing the problems you raised through a dispute-resolution process with those implementing the project and/or through an investigation to assess whether the IDB or IIC is following its own policies for preventing or mitigating harm to people or the environment. You can submit a complaint by sending an email to MICI@iadb.org. You can learn more about the MICI and how to file a complaint at http://www.iadb.org/en/mici/mici,1752.html (in English) or http://www.iadb.org/es/mici/mici,1752.html (Spanish).