The ACTIAM-FMO SME Finance Fund, which is managed by Actiam, a Netherlands-based asset manager, and Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO), a Dutch development bank, recently closed at approximately EUR 150 million (USD 162 million).
The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has lent the local-currency equivalent of USD 9 million to Kompanion Financial Group, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Kyrgyzstan, and EUR 5 million (USD 5.4 million) to Albaraka, the first Moroccan MFI to partner with EBRD  .
Event Name: Microfinance Egypt Summit
Event Dates: March 23-24, 2016
Event Location: The Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo, Egypt
The European Investment Bank (EIB), the long-term lending institution of the European Union (EU), recently lent Faulu Microfinance Bank (Faulu MFB), a Kenya-based microfinance institution (MFI), KES 1 billion (USD 9.79 million) under EIB’s East African Community Microfinance Facility .
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the central banking authority of the country, recently has given “in-principle approval” of the requests for Small Finance Bank Licences of the following microfinance institutions (MFIs): Jaipur-based Au Financiers, Jalandhar-based Capital Local Area Bank, Ahmedabad-based Disha Microfin, Chennai-based Equitas, Chennai-based ESAF Microfinance and Investments, Bengaluru-based Janalakshmi Financial Services, Guwahati-based RGVN (North East) Microfinance, Chennai-based Suryoday, Bangalore-based Ujjivan and Varanasi-based Utkarsh.
The European Commission (EC), the executive body of the European Union (EU), recently launched EaSI-MicPro, a new online platform where microcredit providers can present information about their operations.
“Symbiotics 2015 Microfinance Investment Vehicles (MIV) Survey Report: Market Data and Peer Group Analysis;” published by the Symbiotics Group; 2015; 45 pages; available at http://www.syminvest.com/papers/ed4710d3-cd20-4366-ad75-095f2b3adffe
Symbiotics, a Switzerland-based investment company that is “specialized in emerging, sustainable and inclusive finance,” recently published its ninth annual microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs) survey based on indicators reported by MIVs for 2014.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that aims to increase economic growth in developing countries, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Commerce of Myanmar.
During August 2015, Austrian asset manager C-Quadrat Asset Management issued loans worth the equivalent of USD 7 million via its two Vision Microfinance funds to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Nigeria and India.
Starbucks Coffee Company, a US-based coffee retailer, recently announced that it would commit an additional USD 30 million to its Global Farmer Fund program, one of the organization’s “ethical sourcing initiatives” that aims to ensure the sustainability of the organization’s production chain up to 2020.
IFMR Holdings, an arm of Indian nonprofit IFMR Trust, recently raised USD 25 million from Accion, a US-based nonprofit organization; LeapFrog Investments, a for-profit private equity fund based in Mauritius; and Lok Capital, an India-based microfinance investment vehicle.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that aims to increase economic growth in developing countries, recently announced that it will partner with the Ministry of the Economy of Belarus “to improve the business environment through measures that will support the growth of small, medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)”.
Janalakshmi Financial Services, a Bangalore-based microfinance institution (MFI) that offers lending and insurance services to low-income households in India, recently announced that it had raised a total of INR 1.77 billion (approximately USD 27.7 million) through the issuance of non-convertible debentures (NCDs) and an unsecured term loan.
For an undisclosed price, Base of Pyramid Asia (BOPA), a Singapore-based equity investor in small, Asian microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently purchased a 25-percent stake in Elet-Capital, a Kyrgyzstan-based MFI.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that aims to increase economic growth in developing countries, recently announced that it will provide a subordinated loan of USD 25 million to AccessBank, a microfinance bank in Azerbaijan that is associated with Germany’s Access Microfinance Holding AG (AccessHolding), to enable it to serve more micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
Apis Partners, a London-based private equity firm, has raised USD 157 million in investments for the Apis Growth Fund that it launched in 2014 to target technology firms working in payments, savings, investments, credit and insurance in Africa and South Asia.
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 disbursed the initial tranche of a loan equivalent to approximately USD 170,000 in local currency to Coopérative d’Epargne et de Crédit des Soutien aux Initiatives de Femmes pour l’Autopromotion (COOPEC SIFA), an MFI in Togo that focuses on serving poor women.
The Green for Growth Fund, Southeast Europe (GGF), a Luxembourg-based investment vehicle that supports energy-efficient initiatives in Southeast Europe, recently disbursed a senior loan of EUR 20 million (USD 22 million) to ProCredit Bank Serbia (PBS), a commercial bank that is specialized in lending to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Serbia.