The Caribbean EcoMicro Program is funded by the Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada and the Inter-American Development Bank’s IDB Lab.

What we finance?

EcoMicro will provide grant resources for projects that implement the following 3 Components:

Component 1: Design & Implementation of Green Finance Products

This is the principal component of all EcoMicro Projects.

It includes the design and piloting of Green Finance product(s) for MSMEs and Low-Income Households based on a market analysis to establish local demand for green lending and potential partnerships with local suppliers and other key actors. Based on this analysis the specific terms of the green finance products will be developed tested in the markets.

This component may also include: employee training, design and implementation of new processes and credit technologies, client communication strategies, guidance on selection of technologies and technology partners, support for strategic partnerships to deliver complementary services (such as building awareness of farmers/MSME clients about adaptation technologies).

The project will link the Financial Institution to a network of specialized global consulting firms to design and piloting the green finance products in the following areas:

  • Renewable Energy

  • Energy Efficiency

  • Climate Change Adaptation


Enabling access to
Renewable Energy

These loans will facilitate access to RE technologies including solar products (panels, lights, air conditioning units, water heaters, pumps etc.), mini-wind technology, among others.

Incorporating Energy

EE Loans can substitute polluting/inefficient equipment or productive processes, such as LED lighting, efficient refrigeration, heating and cooling systems. The objective is to generate energy savings that offset some or all of the loan repayment installments. These types of loans usually require a diagnosis to identify the potential savings before the loan is disbursed.

Facilitating Climate
Change Adaptation

Green finance products for adaptation aim at increasing resilience and reducing clients’ vulnerability through, for example use of climate resilient seeds, greenhouse installation, use of renewable energies for irrigation (e.g. solar water pumps), diversification of income sources, or crop microinsurance, among others.

Component 2: Analyzing the Vulnerability of the Finance Institution Loan Portfolio to Climate Change

This component will entail an analysis of the vulnerability of the finance institution’s loan portfolio to climate change and the development of appropriate risk management tool(s). These tools will help FIs to better understand their existing portfolio and also to incorporate analysis of climate risks into future credit decisions. For example, an agricultural client in an area forecasted to experienced more droughts may be scored as lower risk if they have installed appropriate technologies such as irrigation and rain water harvesting systems.

Component 3: Reducing the Environmental Impact of the Finance Institutions

In this component EcoMicro will support the development and implementation of institutional greening policies within the FI itself. This might include energy and environmental audits of FI offices and facilities, carbon footprint analysis. These policies will enable FIs to generate energy savings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce waste and promote environmental sustainability. The rationale for this component is to facilitate “a change of mind” within the finance institution and to create new “green” habits among the institution’s employees and management team that can strengthen their long-term commitment to green finance.

Our partners

EcoMicro has established a robust ecosystem for green finance - connecting finance institutions and networks, adaptation and mitigation specialists, finance specialists, technology suppliers and development partners globally to develop demand-led, sustainable green finance solutions for MSMEs and low-income households in the face of a changing climate and economic uncertainty.


  • A2F Consulting

  • Arc Finance

  • Consorcio de Organizaciones Privadas de Promoción al Desarrollo de Ia Micro y Pequeña Empresa (COPME) in partnership with A2G

  • Creara in partnership with Trinomics, Climatekos & WU Economics

  • DAI

  • EcoFys

  • Econoler in partnership with Développement International Desjardins (DID)

  • Enclude in partnership with Carbon Trust, Development Options & UWI Consulting

  • Frankfurt School

  • GreenMax Capital Advisors in partnership with GFA Entec AG

  • ICF in partnership with Climate Finance Advisors

  • Internationale Projekt Consult GmbH in partnership with Ensome & Adelphi Consult GmbH

  • LFS Financial Services Consulting

  • MicroEnergy International (MEI) in partnership with Analistas Financieros Internacionales (AFI), Acclimatise & Perspectives Climate Change

  • Oikologica in partnership with International Financial Consulting & OMTRIX

  • Poch Ambiental S.A in partnership with Stiftung BASE (Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy)

  • PwC in partnership with EfficiencyOne Services

  • Sparkassenstiftung für Internationale Kooperation in partnership with MicroEnergy International & Fundación Alemana Servicios (FAS)

Who can apply?

Any Regulated or Unregulated Financial Institutions who serve MSMEs and/or low income households, including Microfinance Institutions, NGOs, Savings Banks, Credit Cooperatives, Banks; as well as providers of debt to producers, distributors or users of Green Technology (Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Climate Adaptation), Producer Cooperatives.


Applicants must demonstrate their willingness to:

  • Commit to developing green finance products

  • Commit to use their own balance sheet to finance individual green loans (financing may be available from IDB/IDB Lab partners to scale the FI’s green lending portfolio, once the EcoMicro Pilot has proved successful);

  • Choose one of the pre-qualified consulting firms deemed eligible by IDB Lab to partner with for the implementation of activities

  • Contribute counterpart financing of 30% of the project, of which 50% should be in cash and 50% in kind (including e.g. staff time, use of conference facilities)


  • Antigua & Barbuda

  • Bahamas

  • Barbados

  • Belize

  • Dominica

  • Grenada

  • Guyana

  • Jamaica

  • St. Kitts & Nevis

  • St. Lucia

  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Suriname

  • Trinidad & Tobago