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22 June 2021

NASIRA's support to entrepreneurs highlighted in P+ magazine

The Dutch magazine P+ published an article on NASIRA in June 2021. The story explains how the covid-pandemic is causing a growing demand for these types of guarantees, and especially focusses on the situation in Jordan.

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17 June 2021

How FMO’s Nasira programme seeks to reach underserved entrepreneurs

What exactly is our NASIRA financial program, and what makes it particularly attractive to underserved segments--and more recently to entrepreneurs affected by the pandemic? Find out how we reach the MSME sector with (non-)financial services for global economic development.

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28 April 2021

Bank al Etihad and FMO sign NASIRA portfolio guarantee

FMO is pleased to announce the signing of a NASIRA loan portfolio guarantee facility with Bank al Etihad. This USD 30 million in JOD equivalent NASIRA facility supports COVID-19 affected Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), including female and young entrepreneurs in Jordan.

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5 January 2021

Equity Bank Kenya and NASIRA sign guarantee program for COVID-19 support

This USD 50 million facility is the second NASIRA guarantee with the support of EU funding. To support Kenyan entrepreneurs during these challenging times and to support EBK's overall (M)SME ambitions, FMO will provide a NASIRA loan portfolio guarantee covering loans provided to MSMEs affected by the COVID-19 crisis, including female and young entrepreneurs and companies in the agri value chain.

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3 November 2020

South African bank Sasfin first to benefit from EU-FMO emergency facility

The South African Bank Sasfin is the first to benefit from the COVID-19 emergency facility set in place by the EU and FMO’s NASIRA fund. The transaction concerns a 7-year USD 35 million facility. This will support Sasfin’s lending to COVID-19 affected borrowers in South Africa, and developing and originating new (digital) lending products, specifically targeting youth, female and migrant borrowers.

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22 April 2020

Lifeline for small COVID-19 affected entrepreneurs in Africa and EU Neighbourhood

NASIRA financial program receives €25 million top-up from the European Fund for Sustainable Development The European Commission together with FMO scaled up the NASIRA financial guarantee to support small COVID-19 affected entrepreneurs in Africa and EU Neighbourhood.

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19 June 2019

FMO Launches First Risk Sharing Facility for Syrian Refugees in Jordan

In the run-up to UN World Refugee Day (June 20th), Dutch development bank FMO signed the first ever Risk Sharing Facility for refugee entrepreneurs from the Syrian crisis, as a pilot under its NASIRA program. This signing took place at the European Development Days, organized by the European Commission in Brussels.

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Financing Syrian refugees entrepreneurs

Through NASIRA, FMO invested in Tamweelcom, Jordan’s second-largest Micro Finance Institution serving 90,000 clients including youth and women entrepreneurs. With FMO’s support, Tamweelcom now provides loans to Syrian refugees in possession of UNHCR identification and a Jordanian Ministry of Interior Card. This film was made by the European Commission's External Investment Plan.

18 December 2018

FMO Signs EUR 75 Mln Guarantee Program NASIRA at High-Level Forum Africa-Europe

Today, at the High-Level Forum Africa-Europe in Vienna, FMO and the European Commission (EC) signed the contract for risk-sharing facility NASIRA. The EC has approved up to EUR 75 million in guarantees and up to EUR 8 million in Technical Assistance to FMO’s innovative financial program.

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18 December 2018

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at High-Level Forum Africa-Europe in Vienna

“By turning challenges into opportunities, NASIRA truly helps to address poverty and to give people reason to commit to a future in their own community. Jobs are key to the future and it’s up to us, as governments and political leaders to work together and make sure that more and more people become empowered to take that future in their own hand.”