Credit Guarantees for Costa Rican SMEs

SMEs in Costa Rica can receive guarantee backed funds for viable projects.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Development Fund for Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (Fodemipyme) gave guarantees and assurances to six cooperatives and one bank for $8.5 million. These guarantees will be used by the institutions to cover up to 75% of each loan request after having evaluated the feasibility of the project for which the funds are requested.

According to an article in, the $8.5 million are for the next 6 months and they are expected to assist 600 SMEs.

The entities that received the guarantees are "the Banco Popular, Coopefyl, Coocique, Coopenae, Coopealianza, Coopeservidores and Coopemex.”

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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)"

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