Remzi Bala, a farmer from Kosovo, who received loans from KEP Trust, a leading microfinance institution in the country.
Increasing access to finance and services will help countries in the region lower poverty, decrease inequality, and empower young entrepreneurs, including women. This would help foster sustainable and inclusive growth in the post-COVID-19 era. IFC is committed to developing the financial sector in Central and Eastern Europe, supporting lenders with capital and advice so that they can reach a greater number of borrowers, including small businesses. As part of these efforts, IFC helps foster the growth of digital financial services, a crucial tool for democratizing access to lending and other forms of financing.