Ficohsa Commits to Doubling SME Loan Portfolio, Prioritizing Women-led Businesses and Financial Inclusion

Ficohsa, under the leadership of Camilo Atala, has restated its dedication to growing its SME loan portfolio to $910 million over the next five years. The company will prioritize the advancement of businesses led by women by providing them with preferential lending options, insurance, and financial education. Since joining the Partnership for Central America (PCA) in July 2023, Ficohsa has already increased its SME loan portfolio by $60 million in Honduras, which has benefitted 8,500 newly established ventures.

At Monday’s semi-annual PCA Call to Action event with U.S. Vice President Harris, the significance of financial inclusion for the long-term progress of Central America was emphasized. Ficohsa’s efforts in this field were highlighted during the event, showcasing their commitment to expanding financial inclusion and driving economic growth, particularly among women-led SMEs.

In addition, Ficohsa reiterated its commitment to invest $50 million in digital services to expand financial inclusion and ensure that a greater proportion of remittances are earmarked and invested in local assets, savings and businesses.

Ficohsa aims to include 200,000 more vulnerable people in the financial system over the next five years. Since joining the PCA in July 2023, the financial services group has added 60,000 people to its mobile phone-based payments service, TENGO, resulting in $8 million worth of digital transactions.

In collaboration with Glasswing International, an NGO that empowers youth and communities to address the root causes of poverty, violence, and migration, Ficohsa has provided bank accounts to 3,500 young people. The bank intends to increase that number to more than 7,000 young Hondurans over the next five years.

Ficohsa demonstrates its dedication to financial inclusion and sustainable development through its emphasis on offering affordable and lasting assistance to SMEs, empowering them to grow, innovate, and enhance their competitiveness. Moreover, Ficohsa actively supports the objectives of Centroamérica Adelante, which include bolstering governance, combating corruption, and enhancing security. The bank’s 2022 Sustainability Report showcases its advancements in the realms of financial inclusion, ethical banking, and investments in environmental sustainability.