ADB signs loan to support women-led enterprises in Viet Nam
VGP - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a US$25 million loan with Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPB) to expand access to finance for women-owned and led small and medium-sized enterprises (WSMEs) in Viet Nam.
It will also enable TPB to use digital systems to analyze the underserved WSME market. The grant is funded by the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi). We-Fi is a collaborative partnership among 14 governments, 8 multilateral development banks, and other public and private sector stakeholders, hosted by the World Bank Group.
The ADB is very pleased to partner with TPB and We-Fi to support WSMEs, which are important channels to increase women’s participation in Viet Nam's economic development, said ADB’s Director General for Private Sector Operations Suzanne Gaboury.
COVID-19 has severely affected many businesses, and initiatives such as this loan and grant will support particularly underserved female borrowers by helping TPB develop systems and procedures to improve their access to finance, she added.
As of 2018, the majority of businesses in Viet Nam are classified as small and medium-sized enterprises, supporting 38 percent of the country’s employment and generating 40 percent of gross domestic product. But their access to finance is still a challenge, with only 37 percent of WSMEs able to obtain loans from banks, according to a 2017 study.