The objective of this operation is to provide an A Loan of up to MX$30 million (approximately US$1.7 million) to support Equipa-T in scaling up a new financial product to finance home improvements for low-income families; as well as to increase the existing portfolio of group micro loans to women entrepreneurs. Equipa-T is a Mexican non-regulated microfinance institution, created in 2006, and headquartered in Mexico City, with branches across 12 states in Mexico. Its core credit products aim to promote the growth of microenterprises through individual and group lending methods, and recently also through a specialized product financing home improvements, which it aims to scale through partnerships with construction companies focused on the social housing market.
At the end of 2015, Equipa-T had a loan portfolio of MX$300 million (approximately US$17 million) and had more than 40,000 borrowers in Mexico, which it serves through a network of 49 branches. Currently, approximately 57% of Equipa-T’s microfinance portfolio consists of individual microloans and 43% of group lending. Equipa-T expects to provide home improvement loans to approximately 8,000 additional families, and group micro-loans to approximately 25,000 additional women entrepreneurs over the next three years.