ESG Director, Solva Global
Our mission is to develop a healthy entrepreneurial environment for micro, small and medium-sized businesses, as well as to improve living standards in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Poultry Farm Owner, Solva Client
Since mid-2020, we have issued microloans worth 66 billion KZT to 52,000 entrepreneurs across Kazakhstan.
We are convinced that entrepreneurship must be a multifaceted and inclusive sphere where anyone, regardless of gender, age, religion, education level and social status are able to realize themselves.
Our goal is to create a user-friendly financial service which can be accessible for any Kazakhstan citizen engaged in entrepreneurial activities. We aim to give our clients confidence and peace of mind when they choose our financial products to start and grow their businesses.
Since 2023, Solva has been committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.
Seventy percent of the loans in our portfolio were given to women business owners — over $85 million. We see high demand for our digital financial products among female entrepreneurs, and we believe it is vital to give them ample opportunities to finance their business projects.
The success stories of women entrepreneurs across the country inspire us every day! We decided to share these unique business cases with everyone — that’s why we created the “Women in Business” community of female entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan.
“Women in Business” is a multifunctional platform where female entrepreneurs can participate in mentoring and educational programs and share their knowledge and experience with like-minded women.
70% of loan portfolio
USD 85 mln female business
Despite the significant role of agriculture in the country’s economy, many farmers in Kazakhstan have limited access to financial resources. We set ourselves the goal of simplifying the microloan process for agribusinesses. We are convinced that this will expand opportunities for business growth and help improve the incomes of farmers and their families.
We aim to minimize the time and effort our clients spend on paperwork and application process. To obtain credit score for our clients we collect the necessary information ourselves through electronic databases.
We are constantly improving our services to meet the needs of our farmer clients — for example, by providing flexible loan repayment schemes for clients living in the most remote parts of the country. In the next two years we are planning to increase the share of agribusiness clients to one third of our total loan portfolio.
Farmer, Solva Client
We are convinced that the success of a new business as well as individuals’ general material well-being depend on the level of financial education.
Together with our partners we are implementing the government approved initiative “Program for Improving Financial Literacy for 2020-2024″ within our company.
To this end we provide online and offline financial literacy lectures and trainings, develop multilevel educational programs and materials in Kazakh and Russian languages and deliver our training events in different regions of Kazakhstan.
7000 Kazakhstanis took part in our programs
In our work, we are always guided by the principles of openness, integrity and respect.
Our lending terms are transparent and easy to understand. We do not mislead out clients by using fine print and other marketing tricks.
In order to avoid the possible credit risk we thoroughly assess each borrower’s financial credit rating. In case of borrowers unable to meet their credit obligations, our company carries out individual settlements of overdue debts. Since the beginning of 2022 more than 1,100 clients facing financial difficulties have received individual debt repayment schedules that featured payment deferral and restructuring, including the main debt.
Our clients are free to contact our Financial Ombudsman Desk should they have questions or complaints about our services.
Business ethics principles, as well as anti-corruption and anti-fraud policies are fundamental to the long-term success of our business.
Our Company has adopted the Code of Ethics, which outlines our corporate standards of business conduct and enables us to work in line with our values. We provide regular relevant training to our employees and maintain quality control.
We also have zero tolerance to corruption and fraud. All Solva employees are made aware of this and act solely in accordance with the Anti-Fraud and Anti-Corruption Policy.
At Solva we believe that our employees are our most precious asset. We deeply care about their well-being, promote equal opportunities, and foster conditions for each team member to fulfill his or her potential.
We offer competitive salaries and fair career progression chances, regardless of gender, age, race or sexuality.
We also provide private health insurance and various professional development and self-improvement programs.
More than 500 employees in our offices across Kazakhstan
The nature of our business means we are not harming the environment directly. However, we aim to minimize our environmental impact and lower our natural resource use.
Solva was the first company in the Kazakhstan financial sector that went carbon neutral. In 2020, an independent harmful emissions assessment was conducted by Carbon Footprint Ltd, a well-known environmental audit company from the UK. We subsequently joined a number of dedicated projects to counter our negative impact on the environment, including CO2 emissions. Soon, we plan to repeat the assessment to confirm this status.
ESG Director, Solva Global