Acleda Bank Lao Ltd.
- Active: Active
- Region: Asia & Pacific
- Country: Laos
- Sector: Banking
- Year: 2014
- Domicile: Laos
- Instrument: Loan
- Commitment (MNOK) as of 31.12.2018: 89.4
- Original Commitment (MNOK): 141.9
The market for financial services in Laos is underdeveloped and institutions such as the Bank are crucial to providing micro, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) opportunities to grow and develop.
Acleda is a leading retail and MSME bank in Laos. Norfund supported the bank’s lending operation first time in 2014 by providing a local currency loan. The transaction was at that time one of the first long-term local currency loans provided to a financial institution in Laos.
Acleda Bank is today the only bank that targets micro and small businesses. Its loan portfolio has been growing by an average of 16% per year during the past 3 years. However, funding is regarded as a bottleneck to the bank's growth.
In 2018, Norfund therefore committed an additional local currency loan which the bank shall use to on-lend to its customers. The loan will assist the bank in meeting increasing demand, especially in the growing micro- and SME-segment.