MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s Ujjivan Financial Services Raises $7.85m from  Mutual Funds for On-Lending To Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

 Ujjivan Financial Services Private Limited, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Bangalore, India, recently announced that it has raised INR 500 million (approximately USD 7.85 million) from United Trust of India (UTI), a mutual fund company based in Mumbai, India, through the issuance of secured, non-convertible debentures (NCDs).

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Loans $25m to Azerbaijan’s AccessBank for Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that aims to increase economic growth in developing countries, recently announced that it will provide a subordinated loan of USD 25 million to AccessBank, a microfinance bank in Azerbaijan that is associated with Germany’s Access Microfinance Holding AG (AccessHolding), to enable it to serve more micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Private Equity Fund, Apis Partners, Raises $157m for Financial Technology Startups in Africa, South Asia

Apis Partners, a London-based private equity firm, has raised USD 157 million in investments for the Apis Growth Fund that it launched in 2014 to target technology firms working in payments, savings, investments, credit and insurance in Africa and South Asia. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Qualcomm, Project Concern International (PCI) India, Microware Computing & Consulting Partner to Offer 3G-based Mobile Microfinance Technology for Microfinance Institution Planned Social Concern

Qualcomm, a US-based semiconductor and telecommunications company, recently announced a collaboration with Project Concern International (PCI) India, a New Delhi-based branch of the US-based non-governmental organization PCI; Planned Social Concern (PSC), a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Jaipur, India; and Microware Computing & Consulting, an Indian telecommunications and software company. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Thailand’s Kiatnakin Bank, Siam Commercial Bank; India’s Tamilnad Mercantile Bank; ING Bank of the Netherlands Participate in $65m Syndicated Loan to Microfinance Institution (MFI) Prasac to Encourage Growth of Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Rural Cambodia

Commercial banks including Thailand’s Kiatnakin Bank and Siam Commercial Bank (SCB); India’s Tamilnad Mercantile Bank (TMB); and the Netherlands’ ING Bank, recently announced the disbursement of a syndicated loan of USD 65 million to Cambodian microfinance institution (MFI) Prasac Microfinance Limited. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Lends $170k in Local Currency to Togo’s COOPEC SIFA

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently informed MicroCapital that it has disbursed the initial tranche of a loan equivalent to approximately USD 170,000 in local currency to (Coopérative d’Epargne et de Crédit des Soutien aux Initiatives de Femmes pour l’Autopromotion (COOPEC SIFA), a microfinance institution (MFI) in Togo that focuses on serving poor women. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: United Nations Announces Goals of “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

The United Nations recently released the final version of, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” highlighting 17 sustainable development goals with 169 associated targets intended to eradicate poverty by the year 2030. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Bank Loans $5.5m to Microfinance Institution (MFI) Satin Creditcare

The Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Bank, an Indian public-sector financial institution that provides subsidized loans to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and non-banking financial institutions, recently announced that it has disbursed a loan of INR 350 million (approximately USD 5.5 million) to Satin Creditcare Network Limited, a for profit MFI based in Delhi, India.

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Mobile Financial Services in Latin America & the Caribbean: State of Play, Commercial Models, and Regulatory Approaches”

Published by the Global System for Mobile Association; May 2015; 29 pages; available at: http://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/mobile-financial-services-in-lac

This report, published by the London-based Global Systems for Mobile Association (GSMA), provides an overview of the state of mobile financial services in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s SIDBI Sets up $154m Fund to Support Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) recently announced that it has set up a fund with INR 10 billion (USD 154 million) to provide concessional financing to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the manufacturing sector. As per a statement released by SIDBI, the objective of the fund is to transform the Indian MSME sector into a “world class manufacturing hub” in line with the Indian government’s “make in India” program. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Bank Introduces Micro Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) with Fingerprint Identification to Increase Access to Banking in Rural India

The Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Bank, an Indian financial services company, reportedly has introduced micro automatic teller machines (ATMs) in rural India to improve access to banking services in underserved areas of the country. Continue reading