MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Lending $49m to Mongolia’s XacBank in Partnership with Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, IFC

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a development finance institution backed by the US government, recently agreed to loan USD 49 million to XacBank, a microfinance institution in Mongolia, to support lending to women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) [1]. The effort also includes a financial-literacy component. As of 2016, XacBank reported total assets of MNT 2,257 billion (USD 938 million), a gross loan portfolio of MNT 1,231 billion (USD 511 million), total deposits of MNT 978 billion (USD 406 million) and, as of 2015, approximately 618,000 depositors and approximately 103,000 borrowers. Its largest shareholders are Mongolian mining company Mongolyn Alt Corporation and the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) with 20 percent and 17.17 percent ownership, respectively.

The loan was disbursed through the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility (WEOF), a collaboration between Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women and IFC’s Banking on Women program. Launched in 2008, the 10,000 Women initiative aims to provide 10,000 “underserved” women with education in business and management, financial advisory services, and access to capital. Goldman Sachs reports total capital of USD 98 billion as of 2017. From its launch in 2014 until 2016, WEOF has committed approximately USD 600 million to banks in 17 countries.

By Christian Chartier, Research Associate

Sources and Additional Resources:

[1] “OPIC signs commitment with XacBank to support women-owned SMEs in Mongolia through Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women and IFC partnership”, OPIC.gov. https://www.opic.gov/press-releases/2017/opic-signs-commitment-xacbank-support-women-owned-smes-mongolia-through-goldman-sachs-10000-women-and-ifc

[2] Niedzwiecki, Sandra, “OPIC and Dawn sign $5 million commitment to support women entrepreneurs through microfinance in Myanmar”, OPIC.gov. https://www.opic.gov/press-releases/2017/opic-and-dawn-sign-5-million-commitment-support-women-entrepreneurs-through-microfinance-myanmar

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