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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to Guarantee $664m to Vnesheconom Bank (VEB) for Financing Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based development finance institution, is reviewing a proposal to guarantee loans of EUR 500 million (USD 664 million) to be disbursed by Vnesheconombank (VEB), a development bank owned by the government of Russia, to provide funding for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) through partner banks. Continue Reading »

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Monday, June 17, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $9.3m to Mikrofin Banja Luka, MF Banka of Bosnia and Herzegovina for Micro- and Small Enterprise (MSE) in Rural Areas

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based government-backed investor in microfinance, has loaned a total of EUR 7 million (USD 9.3 million) to Mikrofin Banja Luka, a microfinance institution based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and MF Banka, a subsidiary of Mikrofin formed in 2010, for on-lending to micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) in rural areas. Continue Reading »

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Monday, June 17, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Loan $4m to Mikrokreditna Fondacija Mi-Bospo of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), recently notified MicroCapital that it has opened a EUR 1.5 million (USD 1.9 million) credit line for Mikrokreditna Fondacija Mi-Bospo, a microlender in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) that loans exclusively to women [1]. Continue Reading »

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Monday, June 17, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considering $100m in Loans for National Bank of Egypt for Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises; Trade Finance

The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently revealed the pending approval of a finance facility of up to USD 100 million for the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), which is wholly owned by the Egyptian government. Continue Reading »

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Creation Investments Social Ventures Fund II Completes Closing with $75m, Disburses Equity Investments in Grupo Finclusion of Mexico; Sonata, Grameen Koota of India

Creation Investments Social Ventures Fund II, a US-based private equity fund managed by Creation Investments Capital Management, has completed final closing with USD 75 million in committed capital. Continue Reading »

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Friday, June 14, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $13m to Newly Launched Sberbank BH of Bosnia and Herzegovina for Housing, Micro- and Small Enterprise (MSE)

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based investment company, and Sberbank BH, the Bosnia and Herzegovina branch of government-owned Sberbank of Russia, recently signed a EUR 10 million (USD 13.3 million) loan agreement. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Caterpillar Foundation Donates $19m to Opportunity International to Reach 17m People in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Opportunity International, a US-based nonprofit organization that provides financial services to poor people in 24 countries, recently announced that Caterpillar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of US-based equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc., has granted Opportunity two multi-year donations totaling USD 19.2 million [1]. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sanad Fund for MSME to Loan $2m to Al Majmoua of Lebanon for Microenterprises

The Sanad Fund for MSME (micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises), an initiative that invests in financial institutions in the Middle East and North Africa, recently agreed to grant a senior loan facility of USD 2 million to Al Majmoua, a Lebanese nongovernmental organization (NGO) that lends to microenterprises. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FINCA Becomes Majority Shareholder of Kashf Microfinance Bank of Pakistan with $8.4m Investment

Kashf Microfinance Bank Limited (KMBL), a Pakistan-based microfinance bank (MFB), recently announced an equity injection of PKR 824.7 million (USD 8.4 million) from FINCA Microfinance Coöperatief U.A., a Netherlands-based entity controlled by US-based NGO FINCA International. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) Receives $2.45m from UN’s MicroLead for Liberia Credit Union National Association

The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), a US-based association of credit union trade groups in 54 countries, recently received a four-year, USD 2.45 million grant from the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s (UNCDF’s) MicroLead program that it will direct to its new member organization, the Liberia Credit Union National Association (LCUNA), a network of 300 credit unions in Liberia that serve 36,000 individuals. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Co-operatives, Habitat for Humanity Thailand, Citi Foundation Launch “Microsavings Program for Home Improvement”

Executive Vice President Somsak Kangteerawat of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Co-operatives (BAAC), a government-owned bank in Thailand that extends credit to farmers, and Board Chairman Piriyah Wisedjinda of Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Thailand, a branch of the US-based NGO HFH International, have signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the “Microsavings Program for Home Improvement”, which is intended to support home improvements for low-income families living in areas of Thailand that are prone to flooding. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: ICICI Bank, Vodafone Bring M-Pesa Mobile Money Service to India

Vodafone Group Private Limited Corporation, a British multinational mobile network operator, and the ICICI Bank, a commercial bank in India, have announced that they have expanded Vodafone’s mobile pesa (M-Pesa) cash transfer service to India. Continue Reading »

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Monday, June 10, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development May Offer $40m in Subordinated Debt to Turkey-based Fibabanka

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London that aims to finance operations that are both commercially viable and assist development, has announced that it is considering granting subordinated debt of EUR 30 million (USD 39.6 million) to Fibabanka A.S., a private bank based in Turkey, with the aim of supporting growth of the Turkish micro-, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector. Continue Reading »

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC Loans $70m to SB Sberbank of Kazakhstan to Support Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, recently announced that it would loan the local-currency equivalent of USD 70 million to Subsidiary Bank Sberbank of Russia Joint Stock Company (SBK) in Kazakhstan, a subsidiary of government-owned Sberbank of Russia, in an effort to increase financial access for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Kazakhstan [1].

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Friday, June 7, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Arranges $470m in Loans for Itau Unibanco of Brazil for Women Entrepreneurs, Funded by Bank of America, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Development Bank of Japan

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced it will disburse a local-currency loan equivalent to USD 470 million to Itau Unibanco, a Brazilian bank, in an effort to increase the financial inclusion of women-owned enterprises in Brazil. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC), European Investment Bank (EIB), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), European Commission Establish $380m Middle East, North Africa Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises Facility

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, recently announced that it is partnering with the European Investment Bank (EIB), the long-term lending bank of the European Union (EU); Agence Française de Développement (AFD), France’s international development agency; and the European Commission, the legislative body of the EU, via the Neighborhood Investment Facility (NIF), to establish a USD 380 million financing facility for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considering $78m Facility for Sekerbank of Turkey for Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises

The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently revealed the pending approval of a EUR 60 million (USD 78 million) finance facility for Sekerbank T.A.S., a Turkish commercial bank. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: UT Bank Ghana Receives $20m Credit Line from African Development Bank to Support Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB), a multilateral institution that provides loans and grants to governments and private companies in Africa, recently approved a 3.5-year line of credit in the amount of USD 20 million to UT Bank Ghana Limited (UT Bank), a commercial bank based in Ghana with 26 branches in Ghana and an unavailable number of subsidiary branches in West Africa and Europe. Continue Reading »

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