On July 23, 2019, FINCA Afghanistan and Ghazanfar Bank entered into a loan agreement for a period of 3 years. The purpose of the loan is to be used for lending to microfinance customers by FINCA Afghanistan. This agreement is the first of its kind in Afghanistan by a microfinance institution with a commercial bank and it is secured partially by the portable guarantee provided by USAID DCA. This will further open doors for additional portable guarantees as the US government is supporting the microfinance institutions in the country by providing such guarantees.