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Ficohsa Stands Firm on its Pledge to Increase SME Loan Portfolio, with a Focus on Women-led Enterprises and Promoting Financial Access

by Isabella Walker
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Ficohsa, led by Camilo Atala, reaffirmed yesterday its commitment to double its SME loan portfolio to US$910 million within five years, prioritizing the growth of women-led businesses through preferential lending, insurance, and financial education. Since joining the Partnership for Central America (PCA) in July 2023, Ficohsa has increased its SME loan portfolio in Honduras by $60 million, supporting 8,500 new ventures.

The importance of financial inclusion for the long-term development of Central America was highlighted at Monday’s semi-annual PCA Call to Action with U.S. Vice President Harris. During the event, Ficohsa’s efforts in this area were presented, highlighting its commitment to expand financial inclusion and promote economic development, especially among women-led SMEs.

In addition, Ficohsa reiterated its commitment to invest $50 million in digital services to expand financial inclusion and ensure that a greater proportion of remittances are earmarked and invested in local assets, savings and businesses.

Ficohsa aims to include 200,000 more vulnerable people in the financial system over the next five years. Since joining the PCA in July 2023, the financial services group has added 60,000 people to its mobile phone-based payments service, TENGO, resulting in $8 million worth of digital transactions.

In collaboration with Glasswing International, an NGO that empowers youth and communities to address the root causes of poverty, violence, and migration, Ficohsa has provided bank accounts to 3,500 young people. The bank intends to increase that number to more than 7,000 young Hondurans over the next five years.

Ficohsa’s dedication to promoting financial inclusion and sustainable development is evident in its emphasis on offering affordable, enduring assistance to SMEs, empowering them to grow, innovate, and enhance their competitiveness. Additionally, Ficohsa aligns itself with the objectives of Centroamérica Adelante, which include fortifying governance, combatting corruption, and enhancing security. The bank’s 2022 Sustainability Report highlights its advancements in terms of financial inclusion, ethical banking practices, and investments in environmental sustainability.

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