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BUILDING SUSTAINABLE MICROFINANCE. UNDP Tajikistan 9-11 November 2005 Almaty, Kazakhstan. Transforming Livelihoods: Objectives. Reduction of extreme poverty; Development of private sector; Sustainable local capital; Capacity for micro-finance;. Transforming livelihoods: Activities.

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building sustainable microfinance


UNDP Tajikistan

9-11 November 2005

Almaty, Kazakhstan

transforming livelihoods objectives
Transforming Livelihoods: Objectives
  • Reduction of extreme poverty;
  • Development of private sector;
  • Sustainable local capital;
  • Capacity for micro-finance;
transforming livelihoods activities
Transforming livelihoods: Activities
  • Establishment and legalization of the Revolving Funds (retail institutions) with initial grant portfolio;
  • Institutional capacity building and technical assistance;
  • Preparation of relevant documentation (business plans, contracts, etc);
  • Distribution of micro-loans among vulnerable groups of population (credit line funding);
  • Monitoring & Evaluation (including external).
transforming livelihoods current projects
Transforming livelihoods: Current projects
  • Poverty Alleviation in Rasht Valley (SIDA and WB, $1,000,000);
  • Poverty Reduction through Social Safety Net in Northern Tajikistan (TACIS, $200,000);
  • Cross Border Project in Northern Tajikistan (SIDA, UNDP, GCPP, $100,000);
  • Zeravshan Regional Development Initiative (DFID, $50,000);
  • Safe Borders through Enabled Communities (BOMCA, $120,000)
transforming livelihoods results
Transforming Livelihoods: Results
  • Improved access to rural finance for vulnerable groups;
  • 47% of all micro-loans in Tajikistan provided by UNDP covering almost 40,000 individuals;
  • The volume of UNDP microfinance capital has grown from $ 2,0 mln in 2002 to $ 2,5 mln in 2005, which amounts to 28% of total microfinance portfolio available in Tajikistan;
  • 160,000 people - members of households indirectly benefited from microfinance activities;
transforming livelihoods lessons learned
Transforming Livelihoods: Lessons Learned
  • Weak capacity in accounting and loan policy (requires continuing training and capacity building);
  • Legislation constraints the development of new micro-finance products (requires amendment with less prudential control of saving activity);
  • Women are marginalized (requires efforts to involve them in the project activities);
  • There is a need in an individual borrowing (requires works with beneficiaries on guaranteeing the loan);
success factors and indicators
Success factors and indicators
  • The lending activities are organized in a transparent way through Loan Management Committee;
  • The loan application and selection procedures are appropriate for rural people;
  • Yield on portfolio totals to 17%;
  • Operational and Financial sustainability ratio is 223%;
  • Payback is 99.9% and delinquency is 18,5%;
monitoring and reporting system
Monitoring and reporting system
  • Internal and external regulation of Revolving Funds;
  • Monthly reporting of disbursed loan to beneficiaries;
  • Transparent structure and good accountability through Loan Management Committee;
  • Semi-Annual reporting based on MIX indicators and benchmarking.
further challenges
Further Challenges
  • Only 27% of borrowers are women; UNDP goal to increase up to 35%;
  • Proper monitoring system for tracking of repayments should be introduced - software;
  • The overall impact is modest because of relatively small amount of loans – average amount is 160$ per borrower;
  • Professional standards of accounting should be applied for registering RFs as an MLO;
  • An umbrella organization – apex structure covering newly established MLOs for easier control and attracting new funding should be organized for future exit strategy;