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USAID Signs Agreement to Support the Expansion of Union Bank’s Women-Focused Financial Services

This impactful collaboration will promote financial inclusion by addressing the specific needs of female customers in the banking sector through in-depth market research, a robust Customer Value Proposition, and strategic linkages with Sri Lankan women and women-owned Small and Medium Enterprises.

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M-Pesa/Microsoft Pact Underscores Tech’s Role in Small Business Financial Inclusion

The recent announcement of joint efforts by Microsoft to build new financial services for businesses hints at a multipronged effort to boost financial inclusion, including financial inclusion for smaller businesses, leveraging the M-Pesa platform.

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IFC’s First Investment in Banco Atlas to Support SMEs and Women-Led SMEs in Paraguay

The investment will directly support IFC priorities in Paraguay, fostering private investment and competition; encouraging economic formalization through financial resources for local businesses; and directing capital toward solutions that drive gender equality.

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British International Investment and Compagnie Financière Africaine (COFINA) Advance Gender Finance for Small Businesses in Côte D’Ivoire Through EUR 14 Million Loan

The partnership will enhance local Micro-, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises’ access to much needed credit for business growth, help create jobs and address gender finance gap.

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Symbiotics Unveils 2022 Impact Report: Promoting Sustainable Development Through Financial Inclusion

With the proceeds of this $5,000,000 green bond, candi solar expands its project portfolio to equip small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with affordable and reliable solar power across emerging markets.

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How and Why We Finance SMEs

This paper tells the story of BII’s efforts to close the SME financing gap, tries to explain why the gap exists, and examines what the evidence has to say about the development impact of improving access to finance for SMEs.

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IFC and DFC Invest in Pomona Impact Fund II to Foster Growth of SMEs, Strengthen Private Equity Markets in Central America

IFC and DFC's backing, with $7.5 million in equity investment from each institution, will enhance Pomona's support for SMEs in the agriculture, education, health, and water sectors, among others.

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Universal Trusted Credentials (UTC): Transforming Access to Finance for MSMEs and Beyond

This report outlines the transformative potential of Universal Trusted Credentials (UTCs) and describes the UTC framework, potential use cases, coordination structures, recommended policies, and modes of engagement that stakeholders can engage in.

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IFC Invests in Shinhan Finance to Support Smaller Businesses in Kazakhstan

The financing will allow Shinhan Finance to continue providing much-needed longer-term loans and enhance the resilience of smaller enterprises, which are critical for economic growth and job creation.

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Hope Rises for SMEs as BaobabPlus, TradeLenda Offer Solar Solutions

Under the partnership, Trade Lenda will offer credits to SMEs to acquire solar energy solutions offered by BaobabPlus to run their businesses.