Category: Deals

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Incofin Investment Management’s Rural Impulse Fund (RIF) Acquires 15% Equity Stake in Financiera El Comercio (FIELCO) From Accion Gateway Fund

Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), which is managed by Belgian microfinance fund manager Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM), recently announced that it has acquired a 15.3-percent stake in Financiera El Comercio (FIELCO), a microfinance institution focused on rural and agricultural markets in Paraguay. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Kenya Women’s Finance Trust (KWFT) Receives $16m in Equity Investments from Incofin’s Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), Norwegian Microfinance Initiative (NMI) Fund III, NMI Frontier Fund

Kenya Women’s Finance Trust (KWFT), a Kenyan microfinance institution (MFI) that was established in 1982, recently announced that it has received equity investments totaling KES 1.37 billion (USD 16 million) from three funds: a total of KES 692 million (USD 8 million) from the Norwegian Microfinance Initiative (NMI) Frontier Fund and NMI Fund III, with the remaining KES 692 million (USD 8 million) placed by the Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), which is managed by Belgian microfinance fund manager Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Buksh Foundation, Kiva Announce Partnership to Support Microentrepreneurs in Pakistan

The Buksh Foundation (BF), a nonprofit microfinance institution (MFI) in Pakistan, and Kiva Microfunds, a US-based nonprofit online fundraising portal for MFIs, have announced a partnership to support microentrepreneurs in an effort to achieve development sector goals and alleviate poverty in the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: US-based TriLinc Global Impact Fund Invests in Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Peru

TriLinc Global Impact Fund (TriLinc), a US-based private investor in companies that it deems to contribute positively to socioeconomic development in emerging economies, recently disbursed a total of USD 5.7 million in loans through a series of investments in unspecified small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Brazil, Chile, Indonesia and Peru. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Citi to Share Risk on $550m Global Loan Facility, $220m Inclusive Growth Agreement

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a development agency of the US government, reportedly has entered agreements with Citi, a US-based financial services corporation, to share credit risk for the financing of investments in an unspecified number of the 150 OPIC-eligible countries with a USD 550 million loan facility for general investments and a USD 220 million loan facility to support financial inclusion. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Germany’s Kreditech Raises $15m in Debt from Kreos Capital for Lending in Eurasia, Latin America

Kreditech, a German technology company that uses an online platform to assess the creditworthiness of loan applicants, recently announced that it has raised USD 15 million in debt financing from UK-based venture capital firm Kreos Capital (Kreos). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to Create $30m Credit Line for Retail Lenders to Support Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Dominican Republic

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a US-based multilateral financial institution that seeks to support sustainable economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean, recently announced that it will create a USD 30 million credit fund that retail lenders in the Dominican Republic can access to expand financing deemed “medium- and long-term” to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Peru-based Financiera Edyficar’s Acquisition of 61% Stake in Mibanco Receives Regulatory Approval

Peru-based microlender Financiera Edyficar (Edyficar), an operating subsidiary of Peruvian holding company Creditcorp, has received regulatory approval from the Peruvian Superintendency of Banks, Insurance and Pension Funds, the financial sector regulator in the country, for its proposed USD 179 million acquisition of a 60.7-percent stake in Mibanco, a Peruvian microfinance institution (MFI) that is a subsidiary of nonprofit holding company Grupo Accion Comunitaria del Peru (ACP). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to Loan $7m to Enda Inter-Arabe for On-Lending to Micro-, Small Enterprises (MSEs) in Tunisia

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral financial institution, is lending TND 11 million (USD 7 million) to Enda Inter-Arabe, a Tunisian financial services provider and arm of Senegal-based non-governmental organization Enda Third-World. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Lends $45m to FINCA Microfinance Holding to Increase Outreach, Range of Services

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a development finance institution of the US government, is lending USD 45 million to the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA) Microfinance Holding (FMH), a for-profit investment vehicle controlled by US-based NGO FINCA International [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MoneyGram, Vodafone Partner to Enable Global Mobile Money Transfers Via M-Pesa

Vodafone Group, a British multinational telecommunications company, has partnered with MoneyGram, a US-based money transfer company with outlets in 200 countries, to allow MoneyGram’s customers to transfer funds to account holders of M-Pesa, a mobile money service developed by Vodafone that operates in six countries in Asia and Africa. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grama Vidiyal Microfinance of India Borrows from World Business Capital

Grama Vidiyal Microfinance, a microfinance institution (MFI) operating in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has raised an undisclosed amount of financing through both senior and subordinate loans from World Business Capital, a US-based lender to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management Loans $4m to Microfinance Institutions in Armenia, Honduras, Tajikistan

Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an Austrian firm that invests in microfinance and other sectors, recently disbursed loans totaling USD 4 million to microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Armenia, Honduras and Tajikistan [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Belgazprombank (BGPB) of Belarus to Receive $41m Syndicated Loan from European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE)

Belgazprombank (BGPB), a Belarus-based commercial bank owned by Gazprom of Russia, Gazprombank of Russia, Beltransgaz of Belarus and the Belorussian government, recently entered into an agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral financial institution, and the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle, to accept a five-year, syndicated loan of  EUR 30 million (USD 41.4 million). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Goldman Sachs, International Finance Corporation (IFC) Announce $600m Fund for Women-owned Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the US-based World Bank Group, and US-based investment bank Goldman Sachs Group (GS) recently announced the establishment of the “Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility,” a USD 600 million credit fund aimed at supporting women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging economies. Continue reading

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