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The factory opening with the support of JSC Aiyl Bank in Belovodsk

On June 29th 2019 with the support of JSC Aiyl Bank, a factory was opened on the basis of Karizma Trade LLC for the production of wet wipes under the “Best”trade name.

Representatives of the Bank led by the Deputy Chairman of the Board Uranbek Sharapov, as well as partners of Karisma Trade, took part in the grand opening.

A tour of the factory’s territory was held by co-founder and executive director Camille Komurzhu. He personally introduced all stages and details of production to the guests. Today “Karisma Trade” produces 10 varieties of products.

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IFC Partners with Highland Capital to Support Small and Medium Enterprises in the Kyrgyz Republic

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, September 19, 2018—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, with support from the International Development Association (IDA) Private Sector Window, is investing a $8 million in a debut private equity fund by Highland Capital, an investment management firm, to help expand access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The financing package includes $4 million from IFC’s own account blended with $4 million from the IDA Private Sector Window.

The new Highland Private Equity and Mezzanine Fund, which currently has $15 million in capital commitments, is the first institutional private equity fund in the country. The fund will provide critical growth capital of $800,000 to $5 million to local SMEs in services, agricultural processing, health, education, telecommunications, media, and technology. This is critical because smaller business across the country often struggle to access the capital they need to expand.

Cholpon Jumashukurov, Highland Capital’s Senior Managing Partner, said: “We are thrilled to have built a diversified base of high‐caliber investors, including IFC and other private investors. We are thankful to IFC, our anchor investor, and to Emil Umetaliev, a reputable local businessman, who trusted our team and approach by investing in our fund. Our investment approach fits the local market very well as it addresses the huge deficit of risk capital. We see a large number of compelling investment opportunities and we favor investments where our team can add significant value beyond capital provision.”

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Innovations in agriculture financing allow processors to increase production and enter new markets

Maksat Ishenbaev, Chairman of the Bai-Tushum Bank Executive Committee, expressed gratitude to the USAID Agro-Horizon Project at the Trade and Investment Forum that took place on June 5-6 for the fruitful cooperation and contribution to the development of the economy of country regions. According to Maksat Ishenbaev, three innovations were introduced in the Bai-Tushum Bank as part of the USAID Agro Horizon Project.

“The first innovation is value added chain (VAC) financing, the second – the introduction of remote loan applications analysis through a tablet solution. Bank’s officers got an opportunity to make a quick assessment at client’s business location, which enabled our loan officers to get response on the possibility of lending within one hour. Thus, we save the time of both our clients and bank’s employees. And the third innovation we have introduced is the agent network and remote banking service development. We strive to expand the use of remote service channels by our clients, as well as to increase the volumes of loan repayments through terminals. The clients do not need to visit the office, all they have to do is to find a payment terminal next to their business or residence. As part of remote service channels promotion, we are planning to expand the cash-in terminal network and introduce a cash out system. The clients in remote regions will find this service method very convenient, as there will be no need to spend time and money to travel to a Bank’s office and borrow a loan”, – said Maksat Ishenbaev.

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Global Money Week 2018: Kompanion Bank organized events to increase financial literacy

On March 12-18, KompanionBank held a number of events within the framework of Global Money Week 2018, aimed at increasing financial literacy of grade 8-11 schoolchildren from 40 schools, including schools in other oblasts of Kyrgyzstan.

Lectures in schools and open daysat KompanionBank divisions were held for about 700 pupils from different parts of our country: Kadamjay, Kerben, Osh, Talas, Toktogul, Tokmok, Kaindy, Naryn, Kochkor, Balykchy, Karakol and Bishkek.

Schoolchildren learned about the functions of banking institutions, the importance of planning incomes and expenses, as well as ways to save money. In addition, pupils and the bank’sspecialists were engaged in interactive discussionsabout the uniqueness of the national currency, as this year is Kyrgyzstansom’s 25th anniversary.

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Margarita Cherikbaeva was appointed as a CEO of Kompanion Bank CJSC

From March 12, 2018 Margarita Cherikbaeva was appointed as a CEO of Kompanion Bank CJSC.

Prior to joining Kompanion Bank, Margarita had been CEO of Finca Bank from 2015. From 2011 to 2015 she held position of the Chief Operating Officer in Finca Bank.

Prior to that, Margarita Cherikbaeva supervised the work of the business units associated with German bank ProCredit Holding in the Caucasus, West Africa and Latin America. She has many years experience in consulting work in West Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.  Margarita Cherikbaeva received a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Trier (Germany).

“Today, Kompanion Bank maintains stable positions in the banking sector of Kyrgyzstan, demonstrating stable growth and commitment to the social mission and responsible lending standards.  We highly appreciate Margarita’s many years of experience and are confident that under her leadership the bank will continue to develop dynamically, becoming more technologically advanced and be more convenient for our customers.  At the same time, from the whole Board of Directors, we express our gratitude to Erkinbek Jumabaev for the work done successfully during the period when he was leading the Kompanion, ” said Stephen Mitchell, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kompanion Bank.

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