MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Dragon Capital, Ruby Hill Launching Microfinance Institution in Myanmar

Dragon Capital Group, a Vietnam-based investment company with operations in Asia and Europe, and Ruby Hill Financial, a Myanmar-based financial services provider, recently announced that they are launching a microfinance institution called Ruby Hill Microfinance in the city of Yangon. Ruby Hill Financial Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Iceland’s Creditinfo Launches Credit Bureau in Azerbaijan; 21 Local Financial Institutions Hold Equity Stakes

Creditinfo Group, an Iceland-based operator of credit reporting firms in 25 markets worldwide, recently launched a credit bureau in Azerbaijan that it co-owns with 21 financial institutions in the country. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, participated in developing Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Zimbabwe May Require Banks to Accept Moveable Collateral Such as Livestock, Accounts Receivable, Vehicles in Effort to Boost Financial Inclusion

The party of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe recently proposed a law that would require lenders to accept “moveable” assets, such as machinery, vehicles, livestock and accounts receivable, as collateral. Finance Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, said the legislation would “promote Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroFinanza Issues 13 Institutional, Credit, TrueLift Ratings to Microfinance Institutions in Haiti, Latin America, Togo

During April 2017, Italy’s MicroFinanza Rating issued four microfinance institutional ratings. Two of these were to affiliates of French NGO Entrepreneurs du Monde: BB- with a stable outlook to Assilassimé Solidarité of Togo and CC “under observation” to Palmis Mikwofinans Sosyal of Haiti. The other two are Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Global Symposium on Microfinance: Revolutionizing Microfinance: Insight, Innovation, Inclusion; May 22 – 23, 2017; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Asian Banking School Training for Practitioners; May 24 – 26, 2017

Event Name: Global Symposium on Microfinance: Revolutionizing Microfinance: Insight, Innovation, Inclusion

Dates: May 22 – May 23, 2017

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Summary of Event: This symposium will consist of discussions and presentations on scaling up through innovative channels, deploying digital credit, design thinking, using “big data,” and credit risk assessment and risk management [1]. Following the symposium, the Asian Banking School is offering a three-day training Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Investment Bank (EIB) Provides Credit Lines Totaling $101m for Equity Bank, HFC to Support Microfinance in DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

The EU’s European Investment Bank (EIB) recently announced it has opened two new credit lines to support small-scale enterprises in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The larger credit line is in the amount of EUR 75 million (USD 80 million) in the name of Equity Bank, a Kenya-based Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Ant Financial, Ayala Buy Equity Stakes in Globe’s Mynt, Operator of the Philippines’ GCash, Fuse Lending

Ant Financial Services Group (Ant Fin), a member of China’s Alibaba Group, and Ayala Corporation, a Philippine conglomerate, recently announced their purchases of minority stakes in Globe Fintech Innovations, a financial technology (fintech) affiliate of Globe Telecom that uses the trade name Mynt. Mynt operates GCash, a mobile money Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) Annual Meeting; June 6 – 8, 2017, Mexico City, Mexico

Event Name: Social Performance Task Force 2017 Annual Meeting

Event Date: June 6 – June 8, 2017

Event Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Summary of Event: This meeting will include plenary speeches, working group meetings and networking sessions relating to financial inclusion regulation, social outcomes data collection, and analysis and advances in “client-centric” technology [2]. The event will begin with an introductory session on the Universal Standards for Social Performance Management (SPM) and the resources available to financial service providers for measuring and improving their social performance. This is the first time this event is taking place in Latin America since 2013. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Dot Finance Africa Presents Its Second Fintech Conference on May 17 – 18, 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda

Event Name: Dot Finance Africa

Event Date: May 17 – May 18, 2017

Event Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Summary of Event: This event will include speeches and discussions on financial technology (fintech) topics including artificial intelligence, blockchain databases, client protection, collaboration, Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Bank Providing $130m for Financial Inclusion Effort in Pakistan

The government of Pakistan recently announced the start the Pakistan Financial Inclusion and Infrastructure Project with funding totaling USD 130 million from two arms of the World Bank, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Three Pakistani organizations will carry out the project: the Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company, a new organization funded by Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: C-Quadrat’s Vision Microfinance Funds Loan $46m, Largely in Asia, Panama, Tanzania

C-Quadrat Asset Management, an arm of Austrian fund manager C-Quadrat, recently informed MicroCapital that its Dual Return Vision Microfinance and Dual Return Vision Microfinance-Local Currency funds loaned a total approximately equivalent to USD 46 million to unidentified providers of financial services in Cambodia, India, Panama, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Financiera FINCA Nicaragua Launches $10m Bond Offering to Expand Microfinance Lending

Financiera FINCA Nicaragua, an affiliate of US-based microfinance NGO FINCA International, recently registered a bond program totaling the equivalent of USD 10 million from which it subsequently issued one- and three-year bonds totaling USD 1.1 million. Investors over-subscribed Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: 5th European Research Conference on Microfinance; June 12 – 14, 2017; Portsmouth, UK

Event Name: 5th European Research Conference on Microfinance

Event Date: June 12 – June 14, 2017

Event Location: Portsmouth, United Kingdom Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Tala Raises $30m in Series B Equity from IVP, Ribbit Capital, Existing Investors to Expand Mobile Phone Microlending in Asia, Latin America

Tala, a US-based microlender serving East Africa and Southeast Asia via mobile phone apps, recently raised USD 30 million through its Series B equity round in order to expand its services into South Asia and Latin America. Tala provides loans between USD 10 Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CreditAccess Asia Raises $103m in Equity from Investors Including Asian Development Bank, Istituto Atesino di Sviluppo, Olympus Capital

CreditAccess Asia, which is based in the Netherlands and provides microfinance services in four countries in Asia, recently acquired new equity investments totaling EUR 95 million (USD 103 million). The investors include the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Italian private equity firm Istituto Atesino di Sviluppo. Olympus Capital Asia, a previous equity investor in CreditAccess, was among the investors increasing their stakes through the conversion Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Senegal’s Banque Régionale de Marché to Launch “eCFA”  Digital Currency

In partnership with US-based eCurrency, Senegal’s Banque Régionale de Marché (BRM) is planning to launch a digital version of CFA francs, the currency used by the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), which comprises Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. The currency is described as Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: NpM, Rabobank, FMO Promote Satellite Data to Help Farmers Improve Yields, Access Finance

The NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance, formerly known as the Netherlands Platform for Microfinance, and the Rabobank Foundation, an affiliate of the Dutch cooperative Rabobank, recently launched an effort called “Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food Security.” The goal is to encourage the use of satellite data to improve agricultural yields, for example by Continue reading

SPECIAL REPORT: Application Period Open for $106k European Microfinance Award on Housing Until May 22

The European Microfinance PlatformEuropean Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) has begun accepting applications for the eighth iteration of its European Microfinance Award, which is focused this year on financing housing improvements for people with low incomes. The deadline to apply is May 22. The award, which includes a cash prize of EUR 100,000 (USD 106,000), will be presented at European Microfinance Week, which is being held Continue reading