Reinforcing Med Microfinance Network System for Start-ups

Lebanon National Mesures – Hiba Antonun – Programs Manager

Hiba Antoun/ Programs Manager
Name of responsible organization: Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA)
Starting year2003End yearUntil date
DPNA’s main pillar are: Socio-economic development, Providing Service for Human Dignity, Environemnt, and Good Governance. Under the “socio-conomic development” pillar, DPNA and since its establishment do design, implement, and evaluate projects related to the topic. The existing microfinance depend on the available funding at the time-period. In general, the microfinance measures we offer are:
– Capacity building: this depends on the needs identified. Examples can be trainings on accounting, finance, etc;
Guidance and Follow-up: following up on the capacity building and ideation, experts can follow-up with the beneficiaries and guide to establish/develop their businesses;
In-kind grant (if stated in the project itself).

What kind of activity does this measure finance?

Creation of new businessesYes/No
Strengthening of existing businessesYes/No
Specific investments – specify type (i.e. innovation, research, environmental transition, hiring, internationalization, purchase of goods)Yes/No
Training activitiesYes/No
Other (specify)Yes/No

What type of financing is it?

Low-interest loan (indicate the repayment time and, if present, the requirement for collateral)Yes/No
If Yes, repayment time (years): If Yes, requirement for collateral: 
Non-repayable grant (indicate the percentage of non-repayable fund)Yes/No
If Yes, percentage of non-repayable fund:
Tax creditYes/No
Other (specify)Yes/No

How does the activation of the measure work?

Depending on the project.

One-stop means 
Call with closing date

Financial entity of the measure (indicate the resources allocated)

Overall amountNo specific amount. Depending on the submitted project.
% facilitation for each recipientNo specific amount. Depending on the submitted project.
Minimum amount that can be financedNo specific amount. Depending on the submitted project.
Maximum amount that can be financedNo specific amount. Depending on the submitted project.
Origin of financial resources (European, State, Regional authority, Municipal authority, other)Depending on the open call for application.

Type of funded social structure (indicate if belonging to a specific category is required in order, to access the measure)

FemaleOver 50Unemployed (specify any type)Disadvantaged groups (specify type)Youth (specify age range)Other (specify)
Company XXXXX

Does the measure provide for accompaniment and training or only financial support?

Financial support + accompaniment/trainingDepending on the project granted activities.
Only Financial supportDepending on the project granted activities.

Is the measure considered a good practice and as such replicable in other national and / or international contexts?


How many initiatives have been financed in the last 3 years and for what economic amount?

Below details are related to a project we implemented with Palladium in Saida.

Number of initiatives   89 NMSMEsTotal economic amount   Between $500 – $3000 – depending on the size of the NMSME
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