Category: Investment Funds

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 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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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Dual Return-Vision Microfinance Fund Invests $3.2m in FINCA Russia, AzerCredit of Azerbaijan, Bank Constanta of Georgia, Mikrofin of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Absolute Portfolio Management GmbH (APM), an Austrian investment company that specializes in microfinance and asset management, recently disbursed USD 3.2 million in loans to microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina through a microfinance investment vehicle that it manages, the Dual Return-Vision Microfinance Fund. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation Aims to Boost Entrepreneurship in Romania with $10m Loan to Patria Credit

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the World Bank Group, recently agreed to loan RON 36.6 million (USD 10.3 million) to Patria Credit, a non-banking microfinance institution in Romania, with the goal of enhancing access to finance for micro- and small-scale entrepreneurs in Romania. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Oxfam, City of London, Symbiotics Invest $1.6m in Xac Leasing of Mongolia through Small Enterprise Impact Investing Fund (SEIIF)

Oxfam UK, a UK-based charity, City of London and Symbiotics, a Swiss microfinance investment intermediary, recently launched a joint initiative known as the Small Enterprise Impact Investing Fund (SEIIF). SEIIF is intended to deliver measurable social as well as financial returns to its stakeholders by investing in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through financial intermediaries operating in developing countries. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Government Savings Bank of Thailand Expands Microfinance Services in Border Areas

Government Savings Bank (GSB), a government-owned bank providing personal and corporate services in Thailand, reportedly plans to offer new microfinance products and otherwise expand services in advance of the anticipated 2015 launch of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Development and Employment Fund (DEF) of Jordan Offers $5m in Grants to Microfund for Women (MFW), Ahli Microfinance Company (AMC)

The Development and Employment Fund (DEF), a provider of retail and wholesale microfinance services backed by the Jordanian government, reportedly has offered grants totaling JOD 3.5 million (USD 5 million) to the Microfund for Women (MFW) and the Ahli Microfinance Company (AMC), two microfinance providers in Jordan. Continue reading
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