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Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Sri Lanka
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
  • Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)
Status: Approved
Bank Risk Rating: C
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Board Decision Date: 2016-12-15
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  • Finance
Investment Type(s): Fund
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Investment Amount (USD): $ 6.00 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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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ FMO website
Updated in EWS: 2018-03-14

Project Description

This project funds the growth of a small and midsize enterprise portfolio for the Sanasa Development Bank. 

Investment Description
Private Actors

Sanasa Development Bank PLC (SDB). SDB has its roots in a large, island-wide network of savings and credit cooperatives in Sri Lanka known as the "Sanasa movement". "Sanasa" is a Sinhalese acronym for "thrift and credit cooperative". The Sanasa movement is the largest cooperative network in the country and consists of about 9000 cooperatives with about 3 million members (about 20 percent of the Sri Lankan population). Sanasa cooperatives are member owned societies and are grouped together under the Sanasa Federation, which is supervised by the Department of Co-operative Development. The Sanasa cooperatives are particularly active in rural areas and SDB was created to eventually serve as their apex financial institution.

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