Category: Eastern Europe and Central Asia

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: 179 NGO Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Receive Conditional License To Operate in Bangladesh

A group of 179 non-governmental microfinance institutions (MFIs) recently received conditional licenses to operate in Bangladesh for three years. The licenses were granted by the country’s Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA), a government agency that supervises the transparency and accountability of MFIs in the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Loans $424k to Sri Lanka’s Janamithu Lanka Limited, $841k to Tajikistan’s Humo and Partners

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently informed MicroCapital that it has issued the following two loans: (1) The equivalent of EUR 462,000 (approximately USD 424,000) in local currency over three years to Janamithu Lanka Limited (JLL), a microfinance institution (MFI) in Sri Lanka that offers loans to poor people for education and asset building; and (2) EUR 850,000 (approximately USD 841,000) over one year to Humo and Partners, a Tajikistan-based MFI founded by the local affiliate of Switzerland-based nongovernmental organization CARE International. The MFI lends mainly to farmers and other rural entrepreneurs [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considers $22m Credit to Belinvestbank of Belarus for On-Lending to Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral investment institution headquartered in London, is considering extending a credit line of EUR 20 million (USD 22 million) to Belinvestbank (BIB), a state-owned bank in Belarus. 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: Société Générale Loans $21.2m to Microenterprises in Serbia; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Guarantees $10.6m in Support of Financial Inclusion Via VisionFund’s AgroInvest

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, England, recently announced that it will extend a guarantee facility of RSD 1.15 billion (USD 10.6 million) of a credit line totaling RSD 2.3 billion (USD 21.2 million) to be disbursed by Société Générale Serbia, a subsidiary of the France-based financial institution Société Générale, to rural microenterprises in Serbia. 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: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Planning to Loan $50m to Bank CenterCredit of Kazakhstan for On-lending to Micro, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, is considering the disbursement of KZT 9.3 billion (USD 50 million) to Bank CenterCredit, a commercial bank in Kazakhstan. 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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Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), International Development Association (IDA), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Harakat Implement Credit, Collateral Registry in Afghanistan

Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), the central bank of Afghanistan, recently implemented a credit infrastructure modernization project involving the establishment of Collateral Registry (CR) and Public Credit Registry (PCR) systems, which enable automation of loan processing by tracking information about clients, outstanding loans and assets pledged to back those loans. 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: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Seeks Partners for Customer-Centric Financial Services Project

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a US-based nonprofit policy and research center devoted to worldwide growth of financial access, is searching for financial service providers with whom to partner to increase customer centricity within the providers’ systems. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: China’s Zuoli Micro-finance Obtains Government Approval to Lend to Online Retailers

Zuoli Kechuang Micro-finance Company, a microfinance institution in China, recently obtained approval from the Financial Work Office of the government of Zhejiang Province to cooperate with online money lending platforms and issue loans to online retailers nationwide. The company expects these loans to be in amounts of approximately RMB 500,000 (USD 80,000) at an annualised interest rate of approximately 15 percent.

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