Category: Investment Funds

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: After Reserve Bank of India Caps Microfinance Institution Interest Rates at 26%, Investors Eye Non-Banking Financial Companies

Microfinance investors reportedly are seeking to invest in India’s non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) established a new regulation framework in 2011 that included an interest rate cap of 26 percent on loans disbursed by microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CreditEase Inclusive Finance Wholesale Fund of China Loans $800k to First 5 Beneficiaries

CreditEase, a Beijing-based wealth management firm, recently delivered CNY 5 million (USD 800,000) from its Inclusive Finance Wholesale Fund to five undisclosed rural microcredit non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in China. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Microinsurance for Microfinance Institutions; Trends in Microfinance Investments; Inclusive Insurance Markets

Pathways Towards Greater Impact: Better Microinsurance Models, Products and Processes for MFIs;” by Craig Churchill, Aparna Dalal and Josh Ling; published by International Labour Organization; November 2012; 52 pages; available at: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/mifacility/download/mpaper18_models.pdf Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) Donates $211k to Incofin Investment Management of Belgium to Renew Capacity Development Facility

Incofin Investment Management, a Belgian fund management company, and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), a public-private development bank founded in 1970, recently signed the fourth capacity development agreement stemming from their partnership that was launched in 2008 to strengthen a total of 14 microfinance institutions (MFIs) worldwide. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Accion’s Frontier Investments, Saama Capital Invest $4m in Equity in Shubham Housing Development Finance of India

Frontier Investments Group, an investment vehicle of the US-based nonprofit Accion, recently announced that it, along with Saama Capital, a venture focused investment firm in India, invested a total of USD 4 million in equity in India’s Shubham Housing Development Finance Company. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Incofin Lends $1m to Fundación para el Desarrollo Socioeconómico Rural (FUNDESER) of Nicaragua

Belgian microfinance fund manager Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM) recently loaned USD 1 million to Fundación para el Desarrollo Socioeconómico Rural (FUNDESER), a Nicaraguan nongovernmental organization (NGO), through a fund it manages, the Rural Impulse Fund II. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Trends in Cross-Border Funding for Microfinance; Microinsurance Among Microcredit Groups in Tanzania; Asian Development Bank Interventions Fail to Reach Enough Poor People

Current Trends in Cross-Border Funding for Microfinance;” by Estelle Lahaye and Ralitsa Rizvanolli; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); December 2012; 4 pages; available at: http://www.cgap.org/sites/default/files/Brief-Current-Trends-in-Cross-Border-Funding-for-Microfinance-Nov-2012.pdf Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Arab Spring Foundation’s Farasee Seeking to Raise $1b for “1 Million Jobs for MENA Initiative” in Morocco

The Arab Spring Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Employment, also known as the Farasee Foundation, is a nonprofit organization that was created to launch “1 million jobs for Middle East and North Africa (MENA)” initiative, which intends to provide institutional investors and sovereign funds with opportunities to develop food security and jobs. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management Loans $22m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Worldwide, Including $2m to Costa Rican MFI National Cooperative of Educators (Coopenae), $1m Renewed to FINCA Ecuador

During November, Dual Return-Vision Microfinance and Dual Return-Vision Microfinance Local Currency, two funds managed by Austria-based investment and asset management company Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), issued the equivalent of USD 22 million in loans to microfinance institutions (MFIs) globally, with much of the funds going to MFIs in Latin America and Asia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $10m to AccessBank Azerbaijan

AccessBank, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Azerbaijan, recently received a USD 10 million loan from European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based organization focused on economic development in southeastern Europe and parts of Central Asia, to expand its loan portfolio. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Credinka of Peru, Ugafode of Uganda, FACES of Ecuador, Agora Microfinance Zambia, ASDIR of Guatemala Borrow $4m From Triodos Investment Management

Triodos Investment Management, a subsidiary of Dutch Triodos Bank, recently disbursed loans to the following five microfinance institutions: Caja Rural de Ahorra y Credito Quillabamba (Credinka) of Peru, Ugafode Microfinance Limited of Uganda, Fundación de Apoyo Comunitario y Social del Ecuador (FACES) of Ecuador, Agora Microfinance Zambia and Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Rural (ASDIR) of Guatemala. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroVest GMG Capital Management Acquires Minlam Microfinance Fund

MicroVest GMG Capital Management (MVG), a partnership between MicroVest Capital Management (MicroVest), a US-based private microfinance investment firm, and GMG Investment Advisors (GMG), an emerging markets credit asset management firm, recently took over the investment management of Minlam Microfinance Fund, a local-currency debt fund, from US-based investment manager Minlam Asset Management. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management Dual Return Funds Loan $5m to Microfinance Institutions in Ecuador, Peru

Absolute Portfolio Management GmbH (APM), an Austrian investment company that specializes in asset allocation, analysis and management as well as microfinance, recently disbursed loans to four microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Peru and one in Ecuador. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management Dual Return Fund Loans $2.5m to KazMicroFinance of Kazakhstan, Imon International of Tajikistan, Frontiers of Kyrgyzstan, Thaneakea Phum of Cambodia

Absolute Portfolio Management GmbH (APM), Austrian-based investment and asset management company that offers microfinance institutions (MFIs) financing and investment strategy advisory services, recently disbursed a loan of USD 1 million to KazMicroFinance (KMF), a microfinance institution (MFI) in Kazakhstan, via the Dual Return Fund, a sub-fund of Vision Microfinance created by APM that issues direct loans to MFIs in developing countries. Continue reading

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