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BNP Paribas pursues its commitment to inclusive finance by supporting African Microfinance Week

BNP Paribas, a committed player for inclusive finance, is supporting African Microfinance Week taking place in Ouagadougou from 21 to 25 October 2019. This year’s theme is “Inclusive finance for the Sustainable Development Goals”. The aim of the initiative is to bring players in the sector together for a series of events: talks, workshops, training sessions... An occasion for BNP Paribas to reiterate its 30-year commitment to microfinance.

BNP Paribas, a committed player in microfinance

In fact, it was in Africa, nearly 30 years ago, that BNP Paribas granted its first loan to a Microfinance Institution (MFI). Since then, the Group’s support has expanded and BNP Paribas now uses the full range of resources available to meet the needs of MFIs. With more than 2 million beneficiaries worldwide and the creation of Microfinance Institutions in Belgium (MicroStart) and Luxembourg (Microlux), BNP Paribas microfinance has experienced a strong growth dynamic in recent years.

BNP Paribas microfinance key figures*


years of support


total support for microfinance


IMFIs financed in 33 countries


women have received support


average rating of MFIs supported by BNP Paribas (compared to 64/100 for other MFIs)

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*BNP Paribas estimated microfinance figures since 1989

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