Category: Investment Funds

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: ResponsAbility Social Investments Loans $1.5m to AccessBank Tanzania, $1.3m to EKI of Bosnia and Herzegovina

ResponsAbility Social Investments, a Swiss investment company, recently informed MicroCapital that it has loaned USD 1 million through the responsAbility Global Microfinance Fund (rAGMF), one of the microfinance investment  vehicles (MIVs) it manages, to AccessBank Tanzania, a commercial bank established as part of Germany’s AccessHolding in 2007. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: ResponsAbility Funds Invest $2m in ProEmpresa of Peru, $1.5m in COAC Progreso of Ecuador

ResponsAbility Social Investments, a Swiss investment company, recently informed MicroCapital that it has disbursed the local-currency equivalent of USD 1.3 million in debt to ProEmpresa, a Peruvian microfinance institution (MFI), through the responsAbility Global Microfinance Fund (rAGMF), one of the microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs) it manages. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Backs Housing Microfinance in Peru with $45m Investment in BBVA Continental

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the World Bank Group, and BBVA Continental, a commercial bank in Lima, Peru, recently entered into a USD 75 million loan agreement to boost renewable energy and mortgage financing in the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MF Banka Receives $5.2m from European Bank of Reconstruction and Development for Small Businesses in Bosnia, Herzgovina

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based funder of institutions that support micro- and small businesses, recently disbursed EUR 4 million (USD 5.18 million) to MF Banka, a subsidiary bank of Bosnian and Herzegovinian microfinance institution (MFI) Mikrofin. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC Invests $10m in CoreCo Central America Fund to Support SMEs

CoreCo Central America Fund I, a private equity fund based in Guatemala that invests in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Central America, recently received an equity investment of USD 10 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management Dual Return Fund Loans $8m to Microfinance Institutions in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan

Absolute Portfolio Management GmbH (APM), an Austrian investment company that specializes in microfinance, recently disbursed loans to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Asia, Eastern Europe and South America. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Developpement international Desjardins, Desjardins Fund for Inclusive Finance Loan $1.5m to Fundacion para el Desarollo Integral Espoir of Ecuador

Fundacion para el Desarollo Integral Espoir, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) offering economic and social development services to poor female entrepreneurs in Ecuador, recently borrowed USD 1.5 million jointly from Developpement international Desjardins (DID) and Desjardins Fund for Inclusive Finance, two members of Desjardins Group, a cooperative financial institution based in Canada. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Incofin Funds Take Stakes in EDPYME Solidaridad of Peru, FIDES Bank of Namibia, ACEP-Burkina of Burkina Faso

The Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), a microfinance investment vehicle (MIV) managed by Incofin Investment Management (IM) of Belgium, has acquired an 8.2-percent equity stake in Peru’s Empresa de Desarrollo de la Pequeña y Micro Empresa (EDPYME) Solidaridad, a non-bank financial institution that is held by the nonprofit organization Caritas del Peru. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: ResponsAbility Invests $100k in Bank Eskhata of Tajikistan, $1.5m in Mitra Bisnis Keluarga (MBK) Ventura of Indonesia

ResponsAbility SICAV Mikrofinanz-Fonds (rAMF), a microfinance investment vehicle (MIV) managed by responsAbility Social Investments, a Swiss investment company, recently disbursed approximately USD 100,000 in debt to Bank Eskhata of Tajikistan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Incofin Rural Impulse Fund II Completes Equity Investment in Microfinance Institution Azercredit of Azerbaijan, Volksvermogen Raises Stake to 10% in ProEmpresa of Peru

The Incofin Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), a microfinance investment vehicle (MIV) that mobilizes capital for rural microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently completed an equity investment of an undisclosed amount in Azercredit, an Azerbaijani MFI. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: BlueOrchard Finance, Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), Opportunity International Announce New CEOs

BlueOrchard Finance SA, a Swiss microfinance investment manager; Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), a public-private partnership established by the Belgian government; and Opportunity International, a US-based nonprofit organization, all recently announced new CEOs. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Hypo Alpe Adria Group, ResponsAbility Social Investments AG Approve Loans Totaling $7m to Microcredit Foundation Prizma of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hypo Alpe Adria Group, a state-owned Austrian financial group, and ResponsAbility Social Investments, a Swiss investment organization founded in 2003, approved loans of BAM 5 million (USD 3.2 million) and EUR 3 million (USD 3.7 million), respectively, to Microcredit Foundation Prizma, a microcredit organization operating in rural Bosnia and Herzegovina. The funds will be used to expand Prizma’s operations. Continue reading

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