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Savings and Investment for Remittance Senders and Receivers
The impact objective of the Project is to contribute to the reduction of the vulnerability of remittances clients in Paraguay and improve their means of subsistence through continuous savings in a financial institution. The results objective of this project is to increase access to and use of savings products among Paraguayan remittance clients through products and services that are adapted to the needs of that population.

Project Detail

Country

Paraguay

Project Number

PR-T1156

Approval Date

December 19, 2013

Project Status

Closed

Project Type

Technical Cooperation

Sector

FINANCIAL MARKETS

Subsector

FINANCIAL INCLUSION

Lending Instrument

Instrumento del Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones

Lending Instrument Code

MIF

Modality

-

Facility Type

-

Environmental Classification

Likely to cause minimal or no negative environmental and associated social impacts

Total Cost

USD 159,750.00

Country Counterpart Financing

USD 0.00

Original Amount Approved

USD 159,750.00

Financial Information
Operation Number Lending Type Reporting Currency Reporting Date Signed Date Fund Financial Instrument
ATN/AS-14266-PR Non-Sovereign Guaranteed USD - United States Dollar Partnership Trust Fund for Poverty Reduc Nonreimbursable
Operation Number ATN/AS-14266-PR
  • Lending Type: Non-Sovereign Guaranteed
  • Reporting Currency: USD - United States Dollar
  • Reporting Date:
  • Signed Date:
  • Fund: Partnership Trust Fund for Poverty Reduc
  • Financial Instrument: Nonreimbursable
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