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EIB, Jaida loans Morocco € 10 mln to support microcredit activity

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the financing company of microfinance organizations Jaida have announced the signing of a loan agreement for an amount of 10 million euros (over 108 mln MAD) to support income-generating microcredit activities in Morocco.

This support will strengthen Jaida's capacity to finance microfinance institutions in Morocco and support its action on financial inclusion and social development, said a joint press release.

This funding will be used exclusively to finance micro-credits totaling less than 25,000 euros (approximately 270,000 dirhams) in order to promote income-generating activities and help maintain employment through micro and small enterprises including less than 10 employees in urban and rural areas, as well as self-employed workers, individual entrepreneurs and micro-entrepreneurs, the same source said.

Through this support to Jaida, the second largest donor and structuring actor in the microfinance sector in Morocco, the EIB pursues its objective of promoting sustainable and responsible financial services for the benefit of income-generating activities, in particular for rural and poor populations, including women and young people. With this funding, Jaida's loan portfolio is expected to be maintained at 800 to 900 million dirhams (74-84 million euros) per year.

This new operation is a continuation of the EIB's action carried out for several years in favor of microfinance in Morocco and is part of the bank's response aimed at supporting the Moroccan economy, more particularly micro-entrepreneurs, in the context of the covid-19 crisis.

This new financing falls within the framework of the venture capital mechanism for southern neighboring countries created by the European Union (EU) and the EIB in order to support the development of the private sector, inclusive growth and job creation. This operation also contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eradicate poverty (goal 1), achieve gender equality (goal 5) and promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all (Goal 8).

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