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IFC, Bai Tushum Bank Expand Access to Finance in Kyrgyz Republic

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, April 4, 2014 —IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $4 million local currency-linked loan to Bai Tushum Bank, the leading microfinance bank in the Kyrgyz Republic, to help expand financial products and services to the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), reducing poverty and boosting economic growth.
Enhanced by advisory support, IFC’s financing will help Bai Tushum scale up its lending to SMEs, which represent 40 percent of the Kyrgyz GDP and 60 percent of all jobs. This will better position the bank to help entrepreneurs develop sustainable businesses and create jobs, especially in remote and rural areas and among SMEs owned by women.
“IFC’s support has been important for us to deploy our growth strategy, which is focused on expanding our operations into the SME segment,” said Gulnara Shamshieva, CEO of Bai Tushum Bank. “Going forward, this financing will enable us to increase lending to SMEs, which are key drivers of economic development, helping them grow their businesses and create more jobs.”
Edward Strawderman, Associate Director, Europe and Central Asia, of IFC's Financial Institutions Group, said: “This investment agreement with Bai Tushum Bank is part of IFC’s effort to stimulate entrepreneurship and SME growth. IFC’s financing and expertise in SME banking will help Bai Tushum Bank build a sustainable and profitable business servicing SMEs, strengthen its competitive line of products, and grow sustainably.”
IFC and Bai Tushum Bank also signed an agreement that will help the bank manage currency risks and facilitate local currency lending. Bai Tushum, a long-time IFC investment and advisory client, received a banking license in November 2012. IFC, through its advisory services, helped Bai Tushum Bank transform from a microfinance organization into a commercial bank.
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About Bai Tushum Microfinance Bank
Over the past 13 years, the organization has grown into one of the leading financing institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic, with total assets of over $130 million. Today, Bai Tushum Bank is the seventh largest bank in the Kyrgyz Republic serving over 32,000 clients.  Bai Tushum Bank provides a complete range of financial services to entrepreneurs throughout the country. The bank  implements best international banking practices, promoting transparency in the financial sector and enhancing trust in the banking system. Today the branch network comprises seven branches, 45 outlets and 11 representative offices. For more information, visit .