Banco del Pais (Banpais)


Banpais is a universal bank with 320,000 clients, 2,030 employees and 142 branches located throughout Honduras. Financing of local SMEs is an inherent part of the Bank’s strategy, which also finances innovative primary agriculture projects in the coffee and fruit sectors, micro-entrepreneurs and renewable energy projects.

BIO’s investment will support Banpais in increasing its capacity to provide financing to SMEs. It is estimated that BIO will in this way reach out to approximately 20 local SMEs. In the process significant attention will be paid to training, in particular in the area of environmental and social aspects for which BIO and its partners will provide guidance.

BIO’s investment is part of a syndication comprising German and Dutch development finance institutions DEG and FMO (5-year loan), as well as regional commercial banks (3-year loan).


  • Investment amount (€):

    USD 15 million

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  • Development impacts :

    • 1 — Job creation
    • 2 — Capacity building for employees
    • 3 — Diversification of the financial sector and credit allocation