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Saturday, January 12, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Singapore’s Tagit, Vietnam’s Smartlink Launch Mobile Banking Service in Vietnam

Tagit, a Singaporean mobile technology company, reportedly has partnered with Vietnamese mobile payment provider Smartlink to launch a mobile banking service that will link the customers of 51 financial institutions and insurance providers. Continue Reading »

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Friday, November 2, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Vietnam’s Ministry of Health and Social Insurance to Provide Free Health Insurance to Poor People

The Ministry of Health of Vietnam and Vietnam Social Insurance, a government-funded organization that offers insurance to workers, reportedly will issue health insurance cards free of charge to families living close to or below the poverty line. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Asian Development Bank Invests $40m in Vietnam’s Microfinance Sector

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), a development finance institution based in the Philippines, recently lent USD 40 million to the government of Vietnam in an effort to improve the country’s microfinance sector. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation, BNP Paribas to Loan $25m to Vietnam’s Orient Commercial Joint Stock Bank for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Women-owned Businesses

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has agreed to provide a syndicated loan of USD 25 million toVietnam’s Orient Commercial Joint Stock Bank to expand financing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and women-owned businesses. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) to Implement Microfinance Sector Development Project Including Legal Framework, Capacity Development Through 2020

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), a Vietnamese government agency, recently has announced plans to implement a microfinance sector development project in the country until 2020. Continue Reading »

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Monday, April 2, 2012

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Small-Scale Solar Power Projects, Health Worker Preferences for Insurance Payment Mechanisms, Effects of Microinsurance on Poor People in Vietnam

“Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2011;” by Angus McCrone, et al; published by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance; July 2011; 61 pages; available at:
http://www.fs-unep-centre.org/publications/global-trends-renewable-energy-investment-2011 Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) Issues License to M7 Microfinance Limited Institution (M7-MFI)

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV),Vietnam’s central bank, has issued an operating license to microfinance institution (MFI) M7 Microfinance Limited Institution (M7-MFI). Continue Reading »

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Vietnam Sets 10-Year Microfinance Strategy, French Development Agency Donates $1.3m

The Prime Minister of Vietnam recently approved a National Microfinance Strategy, which aims to develop a safe and sustainable microfinance system to ensure social welfare and sustainable poverty eradication in the country Continue Reading »

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Triodos Invests in Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Advans Ghana, KixiCrédito of Angola, TYM Fund of Vietnam, Belarusian Bank for Small Business

Triodos Investment Management, a Netherlands-based manager of four microfinance investment funds, recently reported to MicroCapital that it has invested an undisclosed amount of funds in four microfinance institutions (MFIs): Advans Ghana Savings and Loans Limited, KixiCrédito of Angola, TYM Fund of Vietnam and Belarusian Bank for Small Business (BBSB) [1]. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Citi Foundation Donating $1m to Habitat for Humanity for Microsavings, Housing Assistance, Financial Education in the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam

The Citi Foundation, the charitable arm of US-based financial services conglomerate Citigroup, will provide a USD 1 million grant to Habitat for Humanity, a US-based nonprofit organization that focuses on affordable housing, to develop the “Citi-Habitat Home Improvement Microsavings Program.” Continue Reading »

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Monday, August 1, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Dariu Foundation Increases Microfinance Lending in Vietnam Amidst Inflationary Pressures, Rising Interest Rates

The Dariu Foundation (TDF), a Vietnam-based microfinance institution (MFI), amidst double-digit inflation and increasing domestic interest rates, has seen a 25-percent increase in the number of new clients served and a 47-percent increase in the number of loans disbursed during the first five months of this year compared to the same period last year. Continue Reading »

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Friday, May 27, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Manulife Financial Introduces Life Microinsurance Product for Philippines, Plans to Expand Sales in Vietnam

Consistent with its plans reported by MicroCapital in March, Manulife Philippines, a subsidiary of Canada-based Manulife Financial, has launched a microinsurance product that provides life and accident protection to low-income Filipinos. Continue Reading »

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Friday, April 1, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sacombank of Vietnam Issues 10-Year $150m Subordinated Syndicated Loan Arranged By the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) to Support Banking, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), a Dutch public-private organization that promotes entrepreneurship in developing countries, recently arranged a 10-year subordinated syndicated loan facility worth USD 150 million for Sacombank, a Vietnamese commercial bank. Continue Reading »

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Monday, February 21, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Freedom from Hunger Microfinance and Health Protection (MAHP) Initiative Reaches Peru, Vietnam, Cambodia; Expands in India

US-based nonprofit Freedom from Hunger recently announced that, since the completion of its Microfinance and Health Protection (MAHP) initiative in December 2009, it has replicated the program in Peru, Vietnam, Cambodia and additional communities in India. Continue Reading »

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Monday, December 6, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Swiss Reinsurance Company Limited (Swiss Re) Partners with Vietnam Agribank Insurance Joint Stock Company (ABIC) To Launch Insurance Product Aimed at Protecting Microfinance Loans

Swiss Reinsurance Company Limited (Swiss Re), a global reinsurer based in Zurich, recently announced the launch of an index-based insurance program in partnership Vietnam Agribank Insurance Joint Stock Company (ABIC), the insurance arm of Vietnamese agricultural bank Agribank. The program will insure microloans to rice farmers in 10 provinces in Vietnam. Continue Reading »

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Monday, August 30, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Vietnam’s First Licensed Microfinance Institution TYM is Operational

The TYM (Tao Yeu May) Fund, a Vietnamese financial institution founded by the Vietnam Women’s Union in order to help implement the poverty alleviation program of the government, reportedly has become the first microfinance institution licensed by the State Bank of Vietnam, Vietnam’s central bank. Continue Reading »

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Monday, August 23, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Oikocredit Invests $5m in Alalay Sa Kaunlaran Inc of the Philippines, Capital Aid Fund for Employment of the Poor (CEP) of Vietnam, The TYM Fund of Vietnam and Thaneakea Phum (Cambodia) Limited

Oikocredit, a Dutch cooperative investment fund, recently reported to MicroCapital the details of investments in four microfinance institutions (MFIs) in East Asia: Alalay Sa Kaunlaran Inc (ASKI) of the Philippines, Capital Aid Fund for Employment of the Poor (CEP) of Vietnam, The TYM Fund of Vietnam and Thaneakea Phum (Cambodia) Limited. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to Provide $300,000 in Loans to Vietnam Under the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), an independent federal government agency that provides economic and humanitarian assistance, will provide USD 300,000 in loans to 750 Vietnamese people who are either living with HIV or are caregivers to “orphans or vulnerable children” [1,2]. The program will operate under the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) [1,3]. The loans will be used to either start small businesses or begin other “livelihood activities” [1]. The program focuses on seven provinces in Vietnam: Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Hanoi, Nghe An, Can Tho, An Giang and Ho Chi Minh City [1]. The average loan size will be USD 450 and the loans will be disbursed over the course of the next 12 months [1]. It is unspecified if the borrowers will pay interest [1]. Potential borrowers must present a “feasible business plan” to project workers including a plan to repay the loan within three years [1]. Continue Reading »

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