The Green for Growth Fund (GGF) has provided a senior loan of $1.5 million to new partner JSC MFO Crystal (Crystal) to expand green energy lending in Georgia.
The largest microfinance organization in the country, Crystal primarily serves microentrepreneurs and farmers, with a strong focus on rural clients. The institution is also unique among microlenders in Georgia for its keen interest in addressing the need for energy-efficiency improvements among this client group: Crystal has been substantially ramping up its portfolio of green energy products and last year pioneered financing for solar energy systems in remote areas.
This strategic focus on energy-efficiency financing makes Crystal an ideal partner for the GGF’s mission to reduce energy use in the region. The new GGF funding will boost Crystal’s capacity to help households and farmers improve their carbon footprint and save energy: Measures financed through the loan are expected to result in annual primary energy savings of over 2,600 MWh and reduce CO2 by approximately 910 metric tons per year. The GGF will also support Crystal in measuring and promoting green impact, developing energy-efficiency products, and raising green energy awareness among its client sector.
“We are very pleased to be working together with Crystal to promote energy efficiency among this important target group,” said GGF Chairman Olaf Zymelka. “Crystal’s strong position as a provider of green energy financing makes it a highly valuable partner in increasing outreach to microbusinesses, farmers, and households, and thus ultimately to advancing the GGF’s mission to enhance energy efficiency in the region.”
“This facility will enable Crystal to further expand its green portfolio, underpinned by our good distribution network and increasingly popular green solutions for micro and small businesses, small-holder farmers and households,” said Archil Bakuradze, Crystal’s Executive Chairman. “We are delighted to partner with the GGF, drawing on their leadership and invaluable expertise, especially in the domain of measuring the environmental impact.”
Source: Georgia Today