Category: Deals

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Symbiotics Sells Bonds Worth $11m for South Africa’s SA Taxi

Symbiotics, a Switzerland-based investment company that focuses on emerging markets, recently announced that it has completed the second tranche of a bond transaction worth USD 11 million to benefit SA Taxi Development Finance (SA Taxi), a South African leasing company that finances “minibus taxi” operators in the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MetLife Foundation Donates $1.8m to Opportunity International to Support Financial Access through Microfinance, Education in Rural China

MetLife Foundation, an affiliate of the Chicago-based insurance company MetLife, recently announced the disbursement of USD 1.8 million in grant funding to Opportunity International, a microfinance NGO also based in the US city of Chicago, to support its outreach via bank branches and mobile vans in rural China.  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank of Kigali, Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) Rwanda to Offer Mobile Financial Services

Bank of Kigali, a Rwandan commercial bank, and the Rwandan branch of Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN), a South Africa-based internet and telecommunications company, recently entered into a partnership that will allow MTN subscribers who are also customers of Bank of Kigali to transfer funds between their Bank of Kigali accounts and MTN’s mobile payments platform, Mobile Money. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sanad, Bankmed Partner to Support Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Lebanon

The Sanad Fund for MSME (micro-, small and medium-sized enterprise) (Sanad), a Luxembourg-based organization that provides “medium- and long-term”[1] debt and equity to financial institutions in the Middle East and North Africa region, has recently announced the disbursement of a loan of USD 15 million to Bankmed, a Lebanese commercial bank regulated by the Central Bank of Lebanon. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Commission, European Investment Fund (EIF) to Guarantee $107m Through European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), Expect to Generate $213m in Loans to European Social and Micro-enterprises

The European Commission, the European Union’s executive body, and the European Investment Fund (EIF), an EU-affiliated provider of finance to organizations that lend to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), recently partnered to introduce the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Black Sea Trade and Development Bank to Loan $7m to FINCA Georgia for On-lending to Micro- and Small Enterprises

FINCA Bank Georgia (FINCA Georgia), the Georgia-based subsidiary of the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA International), a US-based nonprofit microfinance organization, recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Greece-based international financial institution Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB), to receive a loan of USD 7 million. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: BIO, Oikocredit Invest $8.3 million in Fusion Microfinance of India

Fusion Microfinance (Fusion), a microfinance institution (MFI) based in New Delhi, has received a combined investment of INR 53 crores (USD 8.28 million) from Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries SA (BIO), an investment company backed by the government of Belgium; and the Dutch cooperative investment fund Oikocredit. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Aspekt of Macedonia Acquires EuroNetCom to Increase Banking Software Portfolio, Financial Market Share

Aspekt, a Macedonian financial software provider, recently announced that it has acquired EuroNetCom, a banking software supplier that is also based in Macedonia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC Loans $75m to Banco Continental of Paraguay for SMEs

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced an agreement to provide a loan of USD 50 million to Banco Continental, a commercial bank established in Paraguay in 1980.  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Incofin Investment Management Raises $71m in First Close of agRIF Fund, Successor to Rural Impulse Funds; Plans to Invest in Agricultural, Rural Enterprises

Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM), a Belgium-based manager of microfinance investment funds, recently announced the first close of agRIF, a 10-year debt and equity investment fund, at a total value of USD 71 million. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sanad Fund for MSME Donates $28k to Vitas for Microfinance Client Protection in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories

The Luxembourg-based Sanad Fund for MSME (micro-, small and medium-sized enterprise) recently donated USD 28,000 to Vitas Group, a commercial holding company created by US-based, international nonprofit organization Global Communities, to train the staff of Vitas Group’s microfinance institutions in the Middle East on client protection. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Planning to Loan $60m to Bank Audi of Egypt for SMEs, Trade Finance

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral financial institution, is planning to loan USD 60 million to Bank Audi Societe Anonyme Egyptienne (SAE), the Egyptian arm of Lebanon-based Bank Audi. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Loans $10m to BasisBank of Georgia for On-lending to Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs); Energy Efficiency Projects

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, has announced that it is “deepening its partnership”[1] with Georgia’s BasisBank by disbursing it a credit package of USD 31.5 million. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Union (EU), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Turkish Government to Provide $380m in Credit Lines for On-lending to Female Entrepreneurs in Northwest Turkey

The European Union (EU), the UK-based, multilateral European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Turkish government have partnered to introduce the Finance and Advice for Women in Business Programme in the northwest region of Turkey. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Labour Office’s (ILO’s) Impact Insurance Facility, Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) Seek to Stimulate Innovation in Microinsurance in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Impact Insurance Facility of the UN’s International Labour Office (ILO) and the French government’s Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) recently signed a three-year partnership seeking to strengthen the resilience of middle-income workers in the informal sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. Financial details of this partnership have not been reported. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: C-Quadrat Asset Management’s Vision Microfinance Funds Issue $6m in Credits to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Armenia, Colombia, Georgia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Tajikistan and Paraguay

During May 2015, Viennese asset manager C-Quadrat Asset Management USD 6 million worth of credits via the two Vision Microfinance funds to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Armenia, Colombia, Georgia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Tajikistan and Paraguay. Of this total, C-Quadrat Asset Management invested USD 500,000 in the microfinance institution based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Founded in 2001, this institution targets micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and provides services to approximately 3,200 clients. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Incofin’s Rural Impulse Fund Loans $1.5m to Microfinance Institution Humo and Partners of Tajikistan

Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM), a Belgium-based company that manages funds investing in microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently loaned USD 1.5 million over 12 months via the Rural Impulse Fund II to Humo and Partners, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI), Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) Partner to Promote Youth Financial Inclusion

The World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI), a Switzerland-based association of approximately 1,000 financial intermediaries from 89 countries, and Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI), a Netherlands-based nonprofit organization that promotes youth financial access and education, have signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize their ongoing collaboration with the aim of empowering people around the world between the ages of 6 and 30, in particular by increasing their financial capabilities, helping them to develop livelihoods and improving their access to “appropriate” financial services.  Continue reading

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