Costa Rican Credit for SMEs

State banks will allocate $670 million through different programs aimed at Small and Medium Enterprises.

Monday, January 31, 2011

According to a survey conducted by La Nacion with State owned financial institutions, the sectors most favored will be service and trade.

"For 2011 Banco Nacional has a budget of $375 million to lend to MSMEs, Banco Popular has $243 million, BCR $30 million and Bancrédito $22 million, respectively."

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$35 million for Costa Rican MSMEs

February 2009

The Banco Popular will make the sum available for MSMEs that lack the collateral needed for a credit line.

Andrey Monge writes in "The funds are part of the institution's net income, and will be assigned through an auction of guarantees, to be executed on February 20th by the Fund for the Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Fodemipyme)"

IIC Lends $20 Million to BAC El Salvador

July 2010

It is estimated that approximately 300 SMEs will benefit from this operation.

On July 20, 2010, the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) approved a loan of up to US$20 million to El Salvador’s Banco de América Central S.A.

With this project, the IIC aims to provide BAC ES with medium-term funding on appropriate terms for channeling funds to eligible projects in El Salvador.

$16 Million for Guatemalan SMEs

July 2009

BCIE granted a credit line of $16.3 million to the Bank of Rural Development, known as Banrural, to be loaned to SMEs.

Banrural CEO, Samuel de la Cruz, stated that the interest rate will be around 12%, for 3 to 5 years. This loans will be available starting next Tuesday.

Still No Credit for MSMEs

May 2012

Three years after the entry into operation of the Development Bank, the percentage of MSMEs accessing credit as companies has barely increased.

In Costa Rica, the sector of Small and Medium Enterprises still faces serious problems with financing, so that 57% of these companies are financed from their own resources.

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