Category: Investment Funds

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $34m to Banca Intesa Beograd of Serbia for Micro-and Small Enterprises

The Luxembourg-registered European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) recently reported to MicroCapital that it has signed an agreement to loan EUR 25 million (USD 34 million) to Banca Intesa Beograd, a Serbian commercial bank, to boost the availability of financing to micro– and small enterprises (MSEs), including rural entrepreneurs and small agriculture producers in Serbia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Launches “Global Engagement Call” Offering to Invest in Funds Operating in Emerging Markets

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), an agency of the US government, has launched a Global Engagement Call, inviting proposals from qualified fund managers to invest in new, expanding or privatizing companies in any of the 150 emerging markets where OPIC operates [1]. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: Microfinance Investment Vehicles in Sub-Saharan Africa: Constraints and Potentials, by Bertrand Moulin, Published by Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi)

By Bertrand Moulin, published by the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi), August 2011, 20 pages, available at: http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/32967/ Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation Launches $60m Cleantech Innovation Facility to Support Green Businesses in Developing Countries

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has launched the Cleantech Innovation Facility, a USD 60 million equity financing mechanism that will provide capital and technical assistance to small, start-up companies that have products or services that mitigate carbon emissions. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sustainable Enterprise Fund, Oikocredit, Grace Foundation Invest in Barefoot Power to Support Renewable Energy in Remote Indian Communities

The Sustainable Enterprise Fund, an Austrian impact venture fund managed by Ennovent, along with Oikocredit, a Dutch cooperative investment fund, and Grace Foundation, a Christian organization in Australia that invests in social enterprise-based solutions to poverty, have made an investment in Barefoot Power, an Australian for-profit enterprise that manufactures and sells lighting products, solar phone chargers and business development services for low-income populations. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Triple Jump Makes Equity Investments For ASN-Novib Microkreditfonds in Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Tanzania, Zambia, Panama

Triple Jump, a Dutch microfinance investment manager and advisor, has made equity investments on behalf of ASN-Novib Microkreditfonds, a Dutch microfinance investment vehicle, in unnamed microfinance institutions (MFIs) based in Tanzania, Zambia and Panama. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Loans $10m to UniCredit Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a London-based international finance institution, has distributed a loan equivalent to USD 10 million to the Kyrgyz arm of UniCredit Bank, which is based in Italy and has operations in 22 countries, for lending to micro-small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the Kyrgyz Republic. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: responsAbility Lends $8.2m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) FINCA DRC, Bandhan of India, Opportunity Microcredit Romania

Switzerland’s responsAbility Social Investments AG (responsAbility) recently reported to MicroCapital that it has made loans amounting to USD 8.2 million to microfinance institutions (MFIs) FINCA DRC of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bandhan of India and Opportunity Microcredit Romania (OMRO). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: United Nations Capital Development Fund Seeks Financial, Technical Service Providers to Expand Savings Microfinance Program MicroLead

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), an agency that provides investment capital and technical advice to developing countries, has launched a request for applications for the expansion of its MicroLead program, which seeks to support financial service providers and technical service providers in expanding the availability of savings services to new markets in Sub-Saharan Africa [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), Nordic Development Fund (NDF) Launch $7m Green Microfinance Program in Latin America, Caribbean

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the US-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, has partnered with the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), a Finland-based international finance institution, to launch a USD 7 million “green microfinance” program known as Ecomicro. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: 15 Additional Microfinance Investment Funds Commit to Global Impact Investment Ratings System

Fifteen investment funds, representing approximately USD 550 million in capital, have committed to utilize GIIRS (Global Impact Investment Ratings System) ratings, a system for assessing the social and environmental impact of investment funds. The investment funds will become members of the GIIRS Pioneer Funds, which have agreed to be among the first forty funds to receive a GIIRS Impact Rating.

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Georgia’s Crystal Receives $2m in Equity from Unnamed Microfinance Investment Vehicle Managed by Developing World Markets

An unnamed microfinance vehicle managed by Developing World Markets (DWM), a US-based asset manager and investment bank, has made an equity investment of USD 2 million in Joint Stock Company Microfinance Organization Crystal (JSC MFO Crystal), a microfinance institution (MFI) in Georgia that aims to reduce poverty by providing financial services to low-income people [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: responsAbility Ventures I Invests in Healthcare Provider Por Ti, Familia of Peru

responsAbility Social Investments AG, an investment company based in Switzerland, recently announced that it is investing an undisclosed amount in private healthcare provider Por Ti, Familia (PTF) of Peru. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: responsAbility Global Microfinance Fund Lends $2.3m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Coopronaranjo of Costa Rica, Fundación Amanecer of Colombia, COAC Esperanza y Progreso Del Valle of Ecuador

Swiss company responsAbility Social Investments AG (responsAbility) recently reported to MicroCapital that it has made loans to three Latin American microfinance institutions (MFIs): USD 1.5 million to Coopronaranjo of Costa Rica, USD 500,000 to Cooperativa de Ahorro y Credito Esperanza y Progreso del Valle (COAC Progreso) of Ecuador and the local currency equivalent of USD 374,000 to Fundación Amanecer of Colombia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Triodos Invests in Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Advans Ghana, KixiCrédito of Angola, TYM Fund of Vietnam, Belarusian Bank for Small Business

Triodos Investment Management, a Netherlands-based manager of four microfinance investment funds, recently reported to MicroCapital that it has invested an undisclosed amount of funds in four microfinance institutions (MFIs): Advans Ghana Savings and Loans Limited, KixiCrédito of Angola, TYM Fund of Vietnam and Belarusian Bank for Small Business (BBSB) [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Investor Developing World Markets (DWM) Aligns Social Scorecard with Impact and Reporting Investment Standards (IRIS); Announces Staff Changes

US-based asset manager and investment bank Developing World Markets (DWM) has recently announced that it has expanded and redesigned its proprietary social scorecard to align it with the Impact and Reporting Investment Standards (IRIS), an initiative of the US-based nonprofit Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) to create a common framework for defining, tracking and reporting the performance of for-profit investment intended to solve social and environmental problems [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $8m to Mikrofin Banja Luka of Bosnia and Herzegovina, ProCredit Bank Macedonia to Support Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a microfinance investment fund incorporated in Luxembourg, recently reported to MicroCapital that it has made debt investments totaling EUR 6.5 million (USD 8.7 million) in two banks to support micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs): Mikrofin Banja Luka (Mikrofin) of Bosnia and Herzegovina and ProCredit Bank Macedonia [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: LuxFLAG Grants Microfinance Label to Microfinance Enhancement Facility, Selectum, Etimos Fund, Dual Return Fund Vision Microfinance Local Currency; Renews Label for Six Other Microfinance Investment Vehicles (MIVs)

The Luxembourg Fund Labeling Agency (LuxFLAG), a microfinance institution vehicle (MIV) certification organization, has recently granted the LuxFLAG Microfinance Label, which reassures investors that MIVs actually invest in the sector, to four MIVs for the first time: Microfinance Enhancement Facility SA SICAV-SIF, Selectum SICAV-SIF, Etimos Fund SICAV-SIF and Dual Return Fund SICAV-SIF Vision Microfinance Local Currency. Continue reading

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