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Friday, March 30, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: April “Month of Microfinance” Promoted by Student Microfinance Movement

The Student Microfinance Movement, a student-run microfinance organization based in the US, is promoting April as a month of education, awareness and fundraising for microfinance. Continue Reading »

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Monday, March 26, 2012

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: MIX Snapshot of Microfinance in Asia, How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation, Impact of Thai Million Baht Village Fund

“2011 Asia Regional Snapshot;” published by the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX); March 2012; 19 pages; available at:
http://www.themix.org/publications/mix-microfinance-world/2012/03/2011-asia-regional-snapshot Continue Reading »

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Friday, March 23, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Banks Recast Loans of $136m for Indian Microfinance Institution Bhartiya Samruddhi (Basix)

Unspecified banks have recently recast loans totaling INR 7 billion (USD 136 million) for Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Limited (Basix), an Indian microfinance institution (MFI) [1]. Continue Reading »

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Friday, March 23, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Mifos Microfinance Software Update, “Margaret H,” adds Lao, Georgian, Mobile Interface, Spreadsheet Capability, Cloud Functionality

The Community for Open Source Microfinance, a US-based nonprofit that has taken over leadership of maintaining the open-source microfinance software Mifos from the US-based Grameen Foundation, has released its first major upgrade since the transition [1]. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Peru as a Model for Microfinance Regulation; M-Pesa Mobile Banking E-book; and Geographic Analysis of Thai Enterprise

“Research Insight: Peru – Model Market for Microfinance;” by Christian Etzensperger; published by responsAbility Social Investments; March 2012; 9 pages; available at: www.responsability.com/domains/responsability_ch/data/free_docs/Research_Insight_Acces_to_Finance_in_Peru_EN.pdf Continue Reading »

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Monday, March 19, 2012

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Indian Microfinance, Treating Colombian Clients with Respect, and Expanding Microinsurance

“Indian Microfinance: Looking Beyond the AP Act and its Devastating Impact on the Poor;” published by Legatum Ventures; March 2012; 17 pages; available at: http://www.legatumventures.com/ Continue Reading »

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Monday, March 19, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s SKS Microfinance Responds To Associated Press Article on Suicides in Andhra Pradesh, Calls Allegations “Baseless”

In reference to the report ‘Lender’s own probe links it to suicides,’ by US-based news service Associated Press (AP), Indian microlender SKS Microfinance, has issued a statement expressing that the allegations that its lending practices may have contributed to customer suicides are “baseless” and simply re-state earlier allegations from 1.5 years prior. Continue Reading »

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Monday, March 19, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Task Force Recommends Micro-ATMs to Improve Financial Inclusion

A task force led by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has recommended a payment platform using “micro-automated teller machines” (micro-ATMs) to boost financial inclusion. Continue Reading »

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Friday, March 16, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: responsAbility Lends $1.8m to Cambodian Microfinance Companies Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea, Thaneakea Phum (Cambodia) Limited

Switzerland’s responsAbility Social Investments AG recently reported to MicroCapital that it has made local-curency loans equivalent to USD 1.8 million to Cambodian microfinance companies Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea (AMK) and Thaneakea Phum (Cambodia) Limited. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: responsAbility Loans $1.5m to Constanta of Georgia, $2.5m to Eskhata of Tajikistan

Switzerland’s responsAbility Social Investments AG recently reported to MicroCapital that it has invested USD 1.5 million in Georgia’s Constanta and USD 2.5 million in Tajikistan’s Bank Eskhata. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: responsAbility Invests $2m in Jordan’s Middle East Micro Credit Company (MEMCC), Palestine for Credit and Development (FATEN)

Switzerland’s responsAbility Social Investments AG recently reported to MicroCapital that is has lent the local currency equivalent of USD 1.5 million to Jordan’s Middle East Micro Credit Company (MEMCC) –with equivalent to USD 1 million from the responsAbility Global Microfinance Fund (rAGMF) and equivalent to USD 500,000 from responsAbility Mikrofinanz-Fonds (rAMF). Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Lovonus Microfinance Bank Begins Operations in Nigeria’s Victoria Island

Lovonus Microfinance Bank, a private commercial microfinance bank, has met the NGN 100 million (USD 635,900) capital requirement to receive a unit license to operate a microfinance bank, allowing it to comments operations in Victoria Island in the Lagos region of Nigeria. Continue Reading »

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Monday, March 12, 2012

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Snapshot, Eliminating Entry Barriers in Brazil, and Savings Commitments in Malawi

“2011 Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Snapshot;” published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) and the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX); February 2012; 36 pages; available at: http://vx.worldbank.org/t/3341406/27487238/32401/0/ Continue Reading »

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Monday, March 12, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Estonian Lending Website isePankur.ee Launches Social Banking Software

The Estonian peer-to-peer lending website isePankur.ee has partnered with Helmes, an Estonian information technology company, to sell social banking software and related support services. Continue Reading »

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Monday, March 12, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Azerbaijan Microfinance Association Mulling Agricultural Credit Guarantee Fund

The Azerbaijan Microfinance Association, an organization with approximately 31 microfinance institution members, is considering the introduction of an agricultural guarantee fund, which would guarantee up to 80 percent of an entrepreneur’s loan. Continue Reading »

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Roshan of Afghanistan to Add Western Union Services to M-Paisa Mobile Money

Afghanistan-based telecommunications provider Roshan and US-based Western Union have announced plans to offer Western Union money transfers into mobile phone accounts in Afghanistan through the mobile financial services platform M-Paisa. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: People’s Bank of China, PlaNet Finance Research Project Aims to Upgrade Microfinance Risk Management

The People’s Bank of China, the central bank of the People’s Republic of China, and PlaNet Finance, a France-based nongovernmental organization, plan to carry out a study on “Expanding the Short and Medium Term Notes Market to Microcredit Companies in China.” Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: People’s Bank of China, PlaNet Finance Research Project Aims to Upgrade Microfinance Risk Management

The People’s Bank of China, the central bank of the People’s Republic of China, and PlaNet Finance, a France-based nongovernmental organization, plan to carry out a study on “Expanding the Short and Medium Term Notes Market to Microcredit Companies in China.” Continue Reading »

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