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InvesCore NBFI 12

  • InvesCore NBFI
  • Invest in microfinance
  • + 496 other investors
  • In the outer areas of Ulaanbaatar, you will find a charming bakery called Batbaigali. They've made pastries and pies for over 15 years. Without the financial support from InvesCore, they might not have been able to improve their production to increase revenue. When you invest in InvesCore, you're helping 15 other Mongolian businesses grow.

    €150,000
    Amount
    5.50%
    Interest
    24 months
    Maturity
    6 months
    Repayments
    EUR
    Currency
    Amount€150,000
    Interest5.50%
    Maturity24 months
    Repayments6 months
    CurrencyEUR
      100%
      Fully funded in 25 days on 15 January 2024.

      The project

      Please note: 1st principal repayment after 12 months instead of 6 months. However, the interest payments start after 6 months.

      Batbaigali isn't just a bakery; it's a place full of memories for many who work there. Started by a married couple and their kids, this family business has grown a lot over the past 15 years. Today, they have a team of 116 employees. With multiple loans from InvesCore, a local microfinance institution, Batbaigali was able to secure essential kitchen equipment and buy high-quality ingredients. This helped them to maintain the finest standards in their products and enabled them to enhance their production capabilities. As a result, the bakery could scale its operations and meet increasing demands.

      Small and medium-sized entrepreneurs in Mongolia need working capital for their businesses to grow, as exemplified by the bakery. A thriving business means higher income, directly improving the lives of the entrepreneur, the suppliers, and employees. Invescore offers entrepreneurs business loans which have a maturity between 24 and 36 months with a monthly repayment of principal and interest. 

       

      What social return could your investment make?

      InvesCore recognises the important role small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play in Mongolia's socio-economic landscape. Representing approximately 86% of all active legal entities in Mongolia, these SMEs are fundamental to job creation, poverty reduction, and community empowerment (National Statistical Office (NSO) of Mongolia, 2019). Yet, many entrepreneurs, especially women, face considerable financial barriers.

      To bridge this gap, InvesCore has introduced innovative fintech services to democratise access to funding. Their automation of the traditional loan process has not only reduced 80% of manual work and potential errors but also expanded their reach. In 2021, this led to over 1,200 SME owners, of which more than 250 were female entrepreneurs, securing business loans. By investing in InvesCore, you facilitate the disbursement of loans to 15 SMEs in Mongolia. 
       

      What financial return could your investment generate? 

      • Annual interest rate 5.5%
      • Maturity of 24 months
      • Grace period: the first repayment of your investment will be made after 12 months. After that, there will be a repayment every 6 months. 
      • With an investment of 1,000 euros, your expected total repayment would be 1,075 euros.
      • This is a local currency (LCY) project, but the exchange risk is covered by our partner TCX. Using local currency for loans in emerging markets helps business owners avoid losses from unpredictable currency changes. Read more about it on our blog and FAQ.

       

      The story of InvesCore

      InvesCore is Mongolia's largest financial institution. With financing via Lendahand, they provide business loans to their current and new customers. The main customers are small and medium-sized enterprises in the capital, Ulaanbaatar and agricultural businesses or farmers in the countryside. To best support the entrepreneurs, InvesCore also offers business training. InvesCore processes the loan applications of their more than 80,000 customers through their internally developed Loan Origination System (LOS). The LOS automation process collects customer information from government systems, saving customers time in gathering the necessary documents. In 2019, InvesCore held an initial public offering (IPO) relating to 15% of the total shares. Since the IPO, the share price has increased by 145%. For the future, the non-banking financial institution plans an international expansion of their activities in Central Asia and Southeast Asia. 

      In 2021, InvesCore launched a special program that allows low-cost financing for more vulnerable customer profiles. The program is funded by Rio Tinto Mongolia LLC. The target groups are:

      • SMEs implementing an environmentally-friendly project
      • SMEs run by entrepreneur(s) with disabilities
      • SMEs run by women entrepreneur(s)
      • SMEs run by single parents
      • SMEs conducting import substitution activities

       

      InvesCore in numbers

      • Founded in 2016
      • Loan portfolio of 74 billion MNT (approx. 60 million USD) (end of 2021)
      • 18 branches in Mongolia
      • 2 subsidiaries in Kyrgyzstan
      • 269 employees
      • 40% of their customer portfolio are SME entrepreneurs
      • More than 80,000 customers
      Company nameInvesCore NBFI
      CEOBayasgalan Dalaijamts
      Founded2016-03-01
      LocationUlaanbaatar
      SectorFinancial services
      Turnover€13,200,000
      Employees269
      Credit score3.44

      Impact

      InvesCore is a microfinance institution in Mongolia. Its portfolio is currently divided between 30% rural and 70% urban clients. They aim to fully digitalize consumer products to focus all their attention on business loans and become more impact-oriented. InvesCore developed an automated process for traditional loans, which reduces manual work by 80%, leading to faster loan processing and increased accessibility for entrepreneurs.

      InvesCore's digitalization efforts empower entrepreneurs, including women, by providing easier access to financial services, promoting gender equality, and supporting the growth of small businesses in the local economy.

      Last year, over 1200 SME owners received business loans of whom more than 250 were female entrepreneurs.

      Access to finance is an effective tool against poverty. Besides the entrepreneur who benefits from the loan, everyone who is involved with their business feels the positive effect of the financing. When a business can grow, entrepreneurial activity increases and jobs are created. This leads to a decrease in emigration and gives people the opportunity to improve their living conditions.

       

      SDGs impacted

      With this project you are contributing to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

      SDG 1 - No poverty

      SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth

      Read more about the impact you can make through our platform and the SDGs on our impact page.


       

      Related blog posts

      • Learn more about InvesCore in their introduction blog post.
         
      • Want to learn more about how financial inclusion can thrive entrepreneurship? Read here.
         
      • Wondering which other microfinance institutions we have in our portfolio? Check them out here.
      • With this investment 15 jobs are created
      • With this investment 100 lives are improved

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