Category: Eastern Europe and Central Asia

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Investment Bank (EIB) to Loan $31m to AccessBank Azerbaijan for On-lending to Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank (EIB), the long-term lending bank of the European Union (EU), recently announced that it is extending an intermediated senior loan totaling EUR 25 million (USD 31 million) to AccessBank Azerbaijan, a microfinance bank (MFB) in Azerbaijan, for on-lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considers $200m Loan to Establish Network for On-lending to Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Kazakhstan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral financial institution, recently announced that it is in the final stage of consideration for the establishment of a “Kazakhstan MSME Framework,” a credit facility totaling KZT 36 billion (USD 200 million) for on-lending to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the country. Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: Kompanion of Kyrgyzstan Wins $125k European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and the Environment for Pasture Land Management Training

Kompanion Wins EMAThe Kompanion Financial Group, a microfinance institution (MFI) in Kyrgyzstan, was selected today from three finalists to receive the Fifth European Microfinance Award, which includes a cash prize of EUR 100,000 (USD 125,000). Pictured at the right are Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and Olesya Paukova the development director of Kompanion upon her receipt of the award on behalf of the MFI. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Symbiotics Issues Bonds Totaling $9.3m to Prasac of Cambodia, AccessBank Azerbaijan 

Symbiotics Group, a Swiss for-profit provider of investment and business services, recently issued bonds totaling USD 9.3 million to Prasac, a Cambodian microfinance institution (MFI), and AccessBank Azerbaijan, a microfinance bank (MFB) in Azerbaijan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considers $31m Investment in Green for Growth Fund (GGF) for Energy-Efficiency Financing

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral financial institution, is in the final stage of considering an investment totaling EUR 25 million (USD 31 million) in The Green for Growth Fund, Southeast Europe (GGF), a Germany-based fund that invests in energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy sources. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Green for Growth Fund, Southeast Europe (GGF) Lends $5m to Muganbank of Azerbaijan for On-Lending to Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) for Energy Efficiency Projects

The Green for Growth Fund, Southeast Europe (GGF), a Germany-based fund that invests in energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy sources, recently disbursed a senior loan totaling USD 5 million to Muganbank, a financial institution that offers retail and corporate banking services in Azerbaijan, to on-lend to finance energy-efficient measures to be taken by households and micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: VisionFund Selling Georgian Microfinance Institution (MFI) Credo to Impact Investors AccessHolding, responsAbility, Triodos

VisionFund International, a subsidiary of US-based, Christian NGO World Vision International, recently received approval from the National Bank of Georgia to sell its stake in Microfinance Organization Credo, LLC (Credo), to “a consortium of social impact investors” including Access Microfinance Holding AG (AccessHolding), a holding company based in Germany that specializes in microfinance investments; responsAbility Investments AG (responsAbility), a company based in Zurich that primarily invests in developing economies; and Triodos Investment Management BV (Triodos), a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Triodos Bank. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Développement International Desjardins (DID) Loans $1m to Microfinance Institution Arnur of Kazakhstan

Développement international Desjardins (DID), a Canada-based nonprofit organization that focuses on providing technical support and investment to community financial institutions, recently granted a loan of USD 1 million to Arnur Credit, a Kazakhstan-based microfinance institution (MFI) that focuses on agribusiness and individuals living in rural areas. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Green for Growth Fund Southeast Europe, FMO, Fibabanka Invest in Energy-Efficient Businesses

Green for Growth Fund Southeast Europe (GGF), a Luxembourg-based foundation that finances environmentally sustainable enterprises, along with the Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappijvoor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO), a Dutch development bank, recently entered a joint agreement to provide Turkish bank Fibabanka with a credit line of EUR 40 million (USD 50 million) for on-lending to businesses for efforts that have plans to become more energy-efficient. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “The Next Stage of Financial Inclusion;” by Dean Karlan; Published by Stanford Social Innovation Review

“The Next Stage of Financial Inclusion;” by D. Karlan; published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review; fall 2014; 9 pages; available at: http://www.ssireview.org/pdf/Fall_2014_The_Next_Stage_of_Financial_Inclusion_1.pdf

This paper investigates the evolving role of nonprofit organizations in providing microcredit to people with low incomes. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Loans $5m to KazMicroFinance (KMF) of Kazakhstan for On-Lending to Small Enterprises

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has announced that it will loan the equivalent of USD 5 million in Kazakh tenge (KZT) to KazMicroFinance Limited Liability Company (KMF), a microfinance institution (MFI) in Kazakhstan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Turkish Government Launch “Finance and Advice to Women in Business” 

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral financial institution, along with the European Union Delegation to Turkey, the Turkish Employment Agency and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Turkey recently launched the “Finance and Advice to Women in Business” program, an initiative that aims to strengthen and increase the role of women in the Turkish economy. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Loans $15m to Eskhata Bank of Tajikistan to Fund Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has announced that it will loan the equivalent of USD 15 million to Eskhata Bank, a commercial bank in Tajikistan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Oxus Raises $4.2m in Equity from Investors including Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) for Expansion in Asia, Africa

The Oxus Group, a French microfinance organization with subsidiaries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and three Asian countries, recently raised EUR 3.3 million (USD 4.2 million) in equity through its unit Oxus Holding by selling equity shares to the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), which remains its majority shareholder, and three unnamed retail investors. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $19m to Komercijalna banka Beograd of Serbia for Housing Purchases, Improvements

Serbia’s Komercijalna banka Beograd, a bank based in Serbia, recently borrowed EUR 15 million (USD 19.2 million) under a senior loan agreement from the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based, government-backed microfinance investment vehicle. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction (EBRD) Announces Potential $25m Risk-sharing Endeavor with Société Générale Serbia for Rural Microenterprise Financing Via VisionFund’s AgroInvest

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, England, recently announced that it is likely to participate in a risk-sharing endeavor totaling RSD 2.3 billion (USD 25 million) with Société Générale Serbia, a subsidiary of the France-based financial institution Société Générale. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Loans $3m to Muganbank of Azerbaijan for On-Lending to Corporates, Individuals for Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Projects

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, is loaning USD 3 million to Muganbank, a financial institution that offers retail and corporate banking services in Azerbaijan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Investment Fund Loans $2.53m to Vitas via European Progress Microfinance to Support Microenterprises in Romania

The European Investment Fund, a member of the European Investment Bank Group providing financing to small and medium-sized enterprises, recently loaned EUR 2 million (USD 2.53 million) to Vitas, a Romanian microfinance institution, through European Progress Microfinance, a microfinance investment vehicle supported by the EU’s European Commission and the European Investment Bank. Continue reading

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