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Friday, August 6, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Ingenico SA of France Takes Majority Stake in Remittance Provider TransferTo

Ingenico S.A., a global electronic payment solutions company based in France, recently took a controlling interest in TransferTo, a Singapore-based telecommunications company, increasing its stake in the company from 35 percent to 90 percent. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sa-Dhan, a Microfinance Network in India, Launches Microfinance and Financial Inclusion Magazine “Micro Matters”

Sa-Dhan, a microfinance network in India with total member assets of INR 117 billion (the equivalent of USD 2.6 billion) as of March 2010, has launched a microfinance and financial inclusion magazine entitled “Micro Matters.” Continue Reading »

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Yemen Microfinance Network (YMN) Holds Official Launch

The Yemen Microfinance Network (YMN), a new network of microfinance institutions in Yemen, recently held its official launch at the Movenpick Hotel in Yemen. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) Loans $4m Each to Prasac and Sathapana, Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia

The Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), established in 2001, recently loaned USD 4 million each to two microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia: Prasac and Sathapana. Continue Reading »

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Friday, July 30, 2010

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: A Business to Call Her Own: Identifying, Analyzing and Overcoming Constraints to Women’s Small Businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean, by Jennifer Powers and Barbara Magnoni, Published by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

By Jennifer Powers and Barbara Magnoni of EA Consultants, Published by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), April 2010, 100 pages, available at: http://idbdocs.iadb.org/wsdocs/getDocument.aspx?DOCNUM=35282406

The authors of this study focused on the differences between male and female entrepreneurs in six countries in Latin America: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico and Peru. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: ThoughtWorks to Provide Software Services in Support of The Grameen Foundation’s Mifos Microfinance Technology Platform

ThoughtWorks, a global technology company based in the US state of Illinois, has announced that it will provide software engineering services for The Grameen Foundation’s Mifos Platform, a software platform launched in 2006. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: All Commercial Banks in Fiji Establish “Microfinance Units”

The Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) has reportedly completed an initiative in which all commercial banks in Fiji have complied with a requirement to establish a “microfinance unit.” Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Special Provincial Administration of Kocaeli, Turkey, Distributes 993 Microfinance Loans to Female Entrepreneurs

In Kocaeli, Turkey, a “Special Provincial Administration” has reportedly distributed microloans totaling TRY 958,000 (equivalent to USD 629,000) to 993 female entrepreneurs. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Saija Finance Private Limited Addresses Shortage of Microfinance in Bihar, India

Since 2008 Saija Finance Private Limited, a nonbanking finance company with total assets of INR 11 million (equivalent to USD 240,000), has been providing microfinance services in the Indian state of Bihar, which according to a report by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), has a credit-demand supply gap of 96 percent. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) Releases “Brazil Microfinance Analysis and Benchmarking Report” in Portuguese

The Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), the microfinance information clearinghouse, has recently released the Portuguese version of its most recent report on microfinance in Brazil, entitled “The 2009 Brazil Microfinance Analysis and Benchmarking Report.” Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Vineet Sukumar of the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) Capital Defends Microfinance Securitization

Vineet Sukumar of the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) Capital has recently written a counter-argument to an article written by Daniel Rozas and Vinod Kothari and published by Microfinance Focus which argued that “microfinance securitization does not, in reality, separate ‘pool risk’ from ‘originator risk’ and hence should not be rated very differently from the originator of the portfolio.” Continue Reading »

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Monday, July 26, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Calls on Formal Banking Institutions to Reach Poor

The Finance Minister of India, Pranab Mukherjee, recently commented that mainstream financial institutions are not currently, but should be, reaching India’s poor. Continue Reading »

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Friday, July 23, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Agricultural Bank of China Limited (ABC) Provides $12b in Microloans to Rural Farmers in First 3 Months of 2010, More Than During All of 2009

The Agricultural Bank of China Limited (ABC), a state-owned bank with total assets of USD 5.6 billion as of 2009, has reportedly provided microloans of USD 12.2 billion to Chinese farmers within the first three months of 2010. Continue Reading »

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Friday, July 23, 2010

MICROCAPITAL EVENT: Transparent Pricing Initiative in Malawi on August 31, 2010, in Blantyre, Malawi, Hosted by Microfinance Transparency

Event Name: Transparent Pricing Initiative in Malawi

Event Date: August 31, 2010 Continue Reading »

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Friday, July 23, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Mercy Corps Establishes “Fund for Rebuilding Communities through Micro-enterprise” for Post-Riot Relief in Kyrgyzstan

Mercy Corps, a global relief and development agency based in the US, has informed MicroCapital that it has established a facility called “Fund for Rebuilding Communities through Micro-enterprise (FRCM)” to give grants for the rebuilding of small businesses that were damaged during the recent violence in Kyrgyzstan. Continue Reading »

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Friday, July 23, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Announces 300 Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) So Far Registered to Submit Performance Record to “Second Annual Social Performance Reporting Awards” in 2011

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) recently announced that approximately 300 microfinance institutions (MFIs) plan to submit their performance record to the “Second Annual Social Performance Reporting Awards,” an event to take place in 2011 that is being put together by CGAP, the Ford Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) and the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) to promote transparency of MFIs and display their achievements. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: The Association of Microfinance Institutions of Peru (ASOMIF Peru) Credit Portfolio Up 19 Percent from 2009

The Association of Microfinance Institutions of Peru (ASOMIF Peru), a network of 23 microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Peru, has reported that as of April 2010, the country’s credit portfolio for microfinance institutions (MFIs) was USD 5.9 billion, up 19 percent from April 2009. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) Releases Initial Set of “Country Briefings” Covering Morocco, Kenya, Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Peru

The Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) has recently released its first set of “Country Briefings” which provide information on microfinance institution (MFI) performance, funding structure and supply and demand. Continue Reading »

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