The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral development institution, recently announced it will loan USD 4 million to Express Leasing and Microcredit, a non-bank financial institution in Moldova that has been owned by US-based private equity firm NCH Capital Group since 2009.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) recently launched the third phase of a program aimed at empowering youth and women entrepreneurs in Uzbekistan.
The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to social businesses, recently informed MicroCapital that it has committed to extending loans totaling the following amounts in phases over three years: USD 1.15 million to First MicroCredit Company (FMCC) and the local-currency equivalent of USD 574,000 to Oxus Kyrgyzstan.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral development institution, recently announced it will loan EUR 20 million (USD 23 million) to the Bank Moscow-Minsk, which is owned by the National Bank of Belarus.
Two NGOs, the Pakistan-based AlHuda Center of Islamic Banking & Economics (CIBE) and Azerbaijan’s Studying of Economic Resources (SER) Public Union recently announced they will collaborate to promote Islamic finance in Azerbaijan and other countries in the Caucasus region.
Garanti Leasing, a subsidiary of the Garanti Group Romania specializing in financing real estate, vehicles and agricultural equipment, recently announced it will borrow EUR 5 million (USD 5.6 million) from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group, in order to increase funding for women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Tbilisi Business Center (TBC) Bank, Georgia-based commercial bank, recently announced that it has raised GEL 45 million (USD 18.5 million) from one or more unidentified investors via the MSME bond platform of Symbiotics SA, a Swiss investment services provider focused on micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
The government of Russia recently prepared legislation that would cut the maximum effective rate on payday loans of less than RUB 30,000 (USD 505) from 600 percent to 150 percent per annum.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral development institution, recently announced it will extend a credit line equivalent to USD 11 million in Kazakhstani tenge to Kassa Nova Bank. Kassa Nova will allocate USD 6.6 million of the total to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) located outside of major metropolitan areas.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral development institution, recently announced it will loan EUR 20 million (USD 23 million) to Romania’s Banca Transilvania (BT) Leasing to finance micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced it will loan RON 70 million (USD 17 million) to Agricover Credit, a non-banking financial institution in Romania, to boost the financial inclusion of farmers as well as small and medium-sized agribusinesses in Romania.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), a Philippines-based multilateral institution, recently announced it will issue a loan of USD 500 million as part of an effort to build 29,000 new “affordable” houses in rural parts of nine regions of Uzbekistan.
Both arms of the EU-affiliated EIB Group, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF), are implementing two programs intended to fortify the private sectors of Georgia, Moldova and the Ukraine .
FINCA Armenia, a microfinance institution based in Yerevan, recently issued bonds worth USD 4 million and AMD 1.5 billion (USD 3 million) listed on the NASDAQ OMX Armenia stock exchange.
The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle, recently indicated that it intends to lend USD 25 million to Turkey’s Yapi Kredi Leasing, “the largest subsidiary of Yapi Kredi Bank.”
During May 2017, Italy’s MicroFinanza Rating (MFR), under license from the US-based Smart Campaign, determined that Kyrgyzstan’s Kompanion Bank and FINCA Pakistan have complied with the certification standards derived from the Smart Campaign’s seven client protection
Event Name: 7th Annual Central Asian & Caucasus Microfinance Forum
Event Date: October 26 – 27, 2017
Event Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Summary of Event: The theme of this year’s forum is “Microfinance Goes Digital: the Opportunities and Challenges in the Caucasus and Central Asia.” The event will focus on funding policy, social responsibility and how financial technology
The Green for Growth Fund, Southeast Europe (GGF), a Luxembourg-based facility investing in environmental efforts, recently announced it will loan EUR 20 million (USD 21.9 million) to UniCredit Bank Serbia, an arm of Italy’s UniCredit Group, to “reduce carbon dioxide emissions” by on-lending the funds to enable