Category: Investment Funds

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroEnsure Raises $10m in Equity from International Finance Corporation, Omidyar Network, Opportunity International, Telenor Group; First-Time Investors AXA, Sanlam Emerging Markets

MicroEnsure, a UK-based, for-profit microinsurance company founded by US-based NGO Opportunity International, has announced that it has raised a total of USD 10.4 million from six investors including some of the company’s past investors: Opportunity International; the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group; Omidyar Network, a US-based social investment firm; and Telenor Group, a telecommunications company based in Norway. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Luxembourg Fund Labeling Agency (LuxFLAG) Launches Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) Label to Certify Investment Vehicles

The Luxembourg Fund Labeling Agency (LuxFLAG), a nonprofit organization that certifies the operations of investment vehicles that support microfinance and environmental initiatives, recently began offering a third category of fund label for investment funds integrating Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) principles in their investment strategies. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Luxembourg Fund Labeling Agency (LuxFLAG) Provides Environmental Label to Parvest Green Tigers Fund; Microfinance Label to EU Microfinance Platform, Symbiotics (SICAV) SEB Microfinance Fund

The Luxembourg Fund Labeling Agency (LuxFLAG), a nonprofit organization that certifies the operations of investment vehicles that promote microfinance and environmental initiatives, has approved an environmental label for Parvest Green Tiger Fund, an environmental investment vehicle (EIV) domiciled in Luxembourg, and microfinance labels for the EU Microfinance Platform Fund and Symbiotics (SICAV) SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken) Microfinance Fund, both microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Seven International Lending Institutions Launch Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF)

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), an alliance focused on creating a sustainable financial market for small agricultural businesses, recently was launched by seven international lending institutions at the 11th Skoll World Forum on social entrepreneurship in Oxford, United Kingdom. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Aavishkaar to Raise $75m for “Frontier Fund” to Invest in South, Southeast Asia

Aavishkaar, an Indian manager of impact-oriented venture capital investments, reportedly plans to raise USD 75 million for its newly launched Aavishkaar Frontier Fund, an international social venture capital fund that aims to place investments in 300 start-ups in various countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) Loans $6m to Peruvian Credit Unions Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Abaco, Fortalecer

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the US-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, has disbursed loans to Peruvian credit unions Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Abaco and Fortalecer to expand financial services via intermediaries, including other credit unions, private firms and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide retail lending to rural clients. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: KfW, Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), Developpement International Desjardins, Lundin Foundation Commit $41m to AfricInvest Financial Sector Fund

AfricInvest-TunInvest Group, a Tunisia-based private equity firm, recently announced the closing of a third round of capital-raising for its AfricInvest Financial Sector Fund, a vehicle that invests in financial institutions that lend to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Incofin Investment Management’s Rural Impulse Fund (RIF) Acquires 15% Equity Stake in Financiera El Comercio (FIELCO) From Accion Gateway Fund

Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), which is managed by Belgian microfinance fund manager Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM), recently announced that it has acquired a 15.3-percent stake in Financiera El Comercio (FIELCO), a microfinance institution focused on rural and agricultural markets in Paraguay. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Kenya Women’s Finance Trust (KWFT) Receives $16m in Equity Investments from Incofin’s Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), Norwegian Microfinance Initiative (NMI) Fund III, NMI Frontier Fund

Kenya Women’s Finance Trust (KWFT), a Kenyan microfinance institution (MFI) that was established in 1982, recently announced that it has received equity investments totaling KES 1.37 billion (USD 16 million) from three funds: a total of KES 692 million (USD 8 million) from the Norwegian Microfinance Initiative (NMI) Frontier Fund and NMI Fund III, with the remaining KES 692 million (USD 8 million) placed by the Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), which is managed by Belgian microfinance fund manager Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) Lends $220k to PAIDEK of the Democratic Republic of Congo, $210k to COOPEC SIFA of Togo

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based investor in microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently announced the disbursement of the first tranche of a 30-month, USD 220,000 loan to Programme D’Appui aux Initiatives de Developpement Economique du Kivu (PAIDEK), a microfinance institution (MFI) that lends to microenterprises in the region of Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Invests $14.4m in Equity in Philippine Resources (PR) Savings Banking Corporation to Expand Rural Operations

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a US-based development finance institution, recently announced an equity investment of PHP 650 million (USD 14.4 million) in Philippine Resources Savings Banking Corporation (PR Savings Bank), a rural commercial bank based in Cauayan City in the Philippines. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Capitalization Fund Invests $170m in Banco CorpBanca Colombia

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) Capitalization Fund, an investment fund managed by an arm of the World Bank Group’s IFC, has announced a USD 170 million subordinated bond investment in Banco CorpBanca Colombia (CBC), a subsidiary of CorpBanca, a Chile-based commercial bank that is a subsidiary of Brazil’s Itau Unibanco. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank For Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Brings “Small Business Support” Facility to Jordan, Delivering Technical Assistance to Small, Medium-Sized Firms

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral financial institution headquartered in the UK, has brought its Small Business Support (SBS) facility for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to Jordan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India-based Elevar Seeks to Raise $75m for Third Impact-Investing Private Equity Fund, Receives Commitment from Omidyar Network

Elevar Equity, an India-based private equity fund that is focused on “impact investing,” is seeking to raise USD 75 million for its third fund by the end of 2014. Elevar reportedly has received commitments of unspecified amounts from two investors, including US-based investment firm Omidyar Network. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Switzerland-based responsAbility Participations Completes Capital Increase of $26m to Increase Investments in Developing-Country Banks

ResponsAbility Participations AG, a Swiss investment company, reportedly has completed a capital increase of CHF 23.5 million (USD 26.4 million), bringing the company’s total equity capital to CHF 42.4 million (USD 47.6 million). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Triodos Loans $9.6m to Microfinance Institutions Grameen Koota of India, Koperasi Mitra Dhuafa (Komida) of Indonesia

Triodos Investment Management, a subsidiary of Dutch Triodos Bank, recently disbursed local currency loans totaling the equivalent of USD 9.6 million to Grameen Financial Services Private Limited (Grameen Koota), a non-banking financial company (NBFC) in India, and Koperasi Mitra Dhuafa (Komida), an Indonesian microfinance institution (MFI) [1]. Continue reading

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