Category: Investment Funds

SPECIAL REPORT: “Making Microfinance Investment Responsible” Group Wrestles with Inconsistent Data Reporting at European Microfinance Week

On this first day of European Microfinance Week, which is hosted by the 140-member European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) of Luxembourg, e-MFP’s “Making Microfinance Investment Responsible” Action Group convened to work on the data it has collected on client protection from 10 microfinance investors, rating agencies and NGOs. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Lends $10m to Megabank of Ukraine to Support Agricultural Lending

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle, recently issued a senior loan of USD 10 million to Megabank, a financial service provider in Ukraine, to increase its agricultural lending and strengthen its position in the market [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Developpement International Desjardins (DID) Loans $1m to Microfinance Institution (MFI) Humo & Partners of Tajikistan

Developpement International Desjardins (DID), a nonprofit subsidiary of Canadian cooperative Desjardins Group, has provided a senior loan of USD 1 million to Humo & Partners, a Tajikistan-based microfinance institution, to expand its portfolio. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Makes $3m Equity Investment in Bina Usaha Keluarga (BUK) of Indonesia, Seeking to Triple Female Clients of Microfinance Institution Mitra Bisnis Keluarga Ventura (MBK)

Bina Usaha Keluarga (BUK), the Indonesia-based controlling shareholder of Mitra Bisnis Keluarga Ventura (MBK), a microfinance institution (MFI) in the same country, recently received an equity infusion of IDR 34.3 billion (USD 3 million) from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a US-based international financial institution and a member of the US-based World Bank Group, to triple the number of female clients of MBK. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Goodwell West Africa Invests Equity in MicroCred Microfinance Bank Nigeria

Goodwell West Africa, a private equity fund managed by Netherlands-based social investment company Goodwell Investments and Nigeria-based investment management and advisory firm Alitheia Capital, has announced that it will be investing equity of an unspecified amount in Microcred Microfinance Bank (MFB) Nigeria, a member of the France-based MicroCred Group [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Goodwell West Africa Invests Equity in Mainstreet Microfinance Bank of Nigeria

Goodwell West Africa, a private equity fund managed by Netherlands-based social investment company Goodwell Investments and Nigeria-based investment management and advisory firm Alitheia Capital, has announced that it will be making an equity investment of an unspecified amount in Mainstreet Microfinance Bank (MFB), a microfinance institution in Nigeria [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: United Bank of Switzerland (UBS) Launches “Impact Investing SME Focus Fund”

The United Bank of Switzerland (UBS), a Swiss financial services company, reportedly has launched an impact investment fund, named the “Impact Investing SME Focus Fund,” which will invest in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in unspecified emerging and frontier markets. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Micro Housing Finance Corporation (MHFC) Raises $5.6m in Equity from Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, India Financial Inclusion Fund, Unilazer Ventures

The Micro Housing Finance Corporation (MHFC), an India-based finance company that provides housing loans of up to INR 500,000 (USD 8,040), recently announced that it has raised INR 35 million (USD 5.62 million) in equity. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management (APM) Issues $12.5m in Credits from Dual Return Funds to Microfinance Institutions in Asia, Latin America

Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an Austria-based asset management company that offers investment and advisory services to microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently issued approximately USD 12.5 million in credit to unspecified MFIs in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Tajikistan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Former JP Morgan Asset Management Chairman Unveils $40m Impact Investment Fund, Charioteer-Fund I, to Support Skill Development, Microenterprises in India

Krishnamurthy Vijayan, the former executive chairman of JP Morgan Asset Management India, a Mumbai-based subsidiary of international investment and commercial bank JP Morgan Chase, reportedly has created Charioteer Fund-I, an INR 2.5 billion (USD 40 million) impact investment fund that will seek to place with investments in 25 ventures. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Ujjivan Financial Services Raises $7.9m from Oikocredit for On-Lending to Microfinance Clients

Ujjivan Financial Services, a Bangalore-based microfinance institution, has raised INR 500 million (USD 7.9 million) of debt capital from Oikocredit, a Dutch cooperative investment fund, for on-lending to microfinance clients in an effort to support economic development in poor Indian communities. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Private Equity Funds to Buy Stake in Janalakshmi Financial Services of India for $50.9m

Several private equity (PE) funds reportedly have taken stakes totaling INR 325 crore (USD 50.9 million) in Janalakshmi Financial Services (JFS), an Indian microfinance institution (MFI) that focuses on disbursing loans to clients in urban areas.  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considers $27m Loan to BaltCap Private Equity Fund II for Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Baltic Region

The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently revealed the pending approval of a EUR 20 million (USD 26.7 million) loan facility for the BaltCap Private Equity Fund II for investments in equity-related securities of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and small and mid-cap enterprises (SMCs) in the Baltic region. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Austria’s Absolute Portfolio Management Issues Credits Worth $4m to Microfinance Institutions in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Georgia, Honduras, Indonesia

In July 2013, Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an Austria-based asset management company that offers investment and advisory services to microfinance institutions, issued approximately USD 4 million in credit to microfinance institutions (MFIs) located in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Georgia, Honduras and Indonesia through its two microfinance funds, Dual Return Fund – Vision Microfinance and Dual Return Fund – Vision Microfinance Local Currency [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Foundation, Grameen Bank, Brazil Foods (BRF) to Invest in Small Businesses, Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Haiti

Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Muhammad Yunus reportedly announced in June 2013 a new partnership between the Grameen Foundation, a US-based nonprofit of which Yunus serves is a board member, the Grameen Bank, a Bangladesh-based microfinance institution (MFI) founded by Dr Yunus, and Brazil Foods (BRF), a Brazil-based food production and processing company, to offer an unspecified amount of money through microfinance loans to small businesses in Haiti that are engaged in the production of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), particularly in the poultry industry [1,2]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Aeon Financial Service Company Limited Launches Consumer Credit Services Subsidiary Aeon Microfinance (Myanmar) Company

Aeon Financial Service Company Limited (Aeon), a Japanese-based credit and financial services provider, recently announced that it has launched Aeon Microfinance (Myanmar) Company, a consumer credit services subsidiary based in the Myanmar State of Yangon. Continue reading

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