CABEI - Central American Bank for Economic Integration

Program’s General Objective

Create financial products with efficient access to:

  • Promote the financing of environmental investments in order to boost the development energy efficiency and renewable energy sources by developing the necessary infrastructure for the conversion, transportation and storage of energy.
  • Non-reimbursable environmental investments such as technical assistance to financial institutions and financing of energy studies that are in line with the needs of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Central America and Panama.

Beneficiary Countries

Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua y Costa Rica.

Participating Financial Institutions

Intermediary Financial Institutions (IFIs) that comply with the eligibility requirements established by CABEI, pursuant to current norms.

Benefits for Financial Institutions

The IFI will be able to meet the specific needs of the MSME segment requiring financing to develop processes using renewable energies and energy efficiency, thereby reducing their costs and becoming more competitive. In addition, the IFI will be recognized for promoting green credits with adequate financial conditions for the energy market.

Types of Project

  • Energy efficiency projects that save more than 15% of invoiced energy consumption.
  • Projects with up to 5 MW of installed capacity. 

    Final Beneficiary of the Resources

    Individuals and legal entities that own MSMEs with a maximum of 100 employees, and those with entrepreneurial spirit who wish to develop or improve their productivity and competitiveness by incorporating green energy into their processes.

    Benefits for the Final Beneficiary

    MSMEs will have the opportunity to reduce their production costs and thus become more competitive, while helping to mitigate climate change and improving public perception by presenting themselves as socially and environmentally responsible companies.

    Currency of CABEI Disbursements (loans)

    Loans will be granted in US dollars, pursuant to available resources at CABEI.

    Interest Rate

    The interest rate applicable to the intermediary is established pursuant to CABEI’s current norms and is reviewed every three months or earlier if necessary.

    Resource Source

    The Green MSME Initiative is a tripartite initiative executed by CABEI with support from the German KfW Development Bank and the European Union, through its Latin America Investment Facility (LAIF).


    In order to access financing from CABEI’s special programs, an IFI may request the opening of a Global Credit Line (GCL) with CABEI.

    Discover the Benefits of a GCL:

    • Be part of Central America’s largest and most renowned intermediary base, which channels resources to different areas of development.
    • Pursuant to your growth and performance, request future extensions to your GCL amount.
    • Use the resources of the approved GCL, in dollars or local currency, pursuant to your financing needs.
    • Preferentially opt to technical assistance resources for expansion and strengthening.
    • Choose different CABEI programs and products, which have been established with the Bank’s own resources and resources from international cooperation organizations.
    • Benefit from the different products and services developed by CABEI to strengthen the financial sector, which attends different areas of the region.