Banco BHD León is the second largest private bank in the Dominican Republic. It unveiled its Mujer Mujer gender initiative in 2015.

About BHD León

Established in 1972, Banco BHD León targets a wide range of segments, including individual consumers, micro-entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), corporations, nonprofits, financial institutions, and government departments. The bank holds a 19 percent market share and serves more than 980,000 customers in total, including 17,000 microenterprises and 128,000 SMEs. Banco BHD León employs  4,200 people and has a network of over 133  branches and more than 545 ATMs in the Dominican Republic. In 2013 the bank was awarded a Social Responsibility Award by the American Chamber of Commerce in the category “Company’s Quality of Life.”

The Program

In late 2012 the bank developed Tarjeta Mujer, a credit card targeting women that provides cervical and breast cancer insurance benefits, home repair services, and vehicle breakdown coverage. With the support of the Financial Alliance for Women network, Banco BHD León has developed a strategy to become the bank of choice for women in the Dominican Republic, and in 2015 launched its Mujer Mujer program. The platform offers a holistic value proposition for women customers, including product bundles focused on key themes — education, health, family well-being and business. Each bundle mixes credit, savings and insurance products. The bank also launched an annual award, “Women Who Change the World,” honoring women’s important role in changing Dominican society. These efforts are complemented by a strong internal focus on Diversity & Inclusion: More than 60 percent of the bank’s senior managers are women, and Banco BHD León provides a number of programs and benefits for women staff members. Learn more about Banco BHD León’s achievements by reading our Case Study on the bank.



47 percent of BHD León’s
customers are women.

50 percent of the bank’s
microfinance customers are women.

Women’s deposits make up almost
37 percent of its liabilities.

64 percent of the bank’s
staff is comprised of women.

More than 60 percent of
senior managers are women.



The Opportunity in the Dominican Republic


of women in the Dominican Republic participated in the labor force as of 2017, the World Bank found.


of women had a formal bank account as of 2017, according to Findex.


of women saved money at a financial institution in 2017, yet nearly half of all women reported saving money somewhere, Findex found.


of women in the Dominican Republic borrowed from a financial institution in 2017, with 47% saying they took out some form of loan that year, according to Findex.

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