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Thursday, January 17, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Advans SA Launches Microfinance Institution in Pakistan

Advans SA SICAR (Advans SA), a microfinance investment vehicle managed by Horus Development Finance of France, recently announced the opening of Advans Pakistan Microfinance Bank (MFB) in Karachi, Pakistan. Continue Reading »

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Monday, January 14, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Austria’s Absolute Portfolio Management Loans $11m to Microfinance Institutions Through Vision Microfinance Funds, Including $1.5m to Pro Mujer Bolivia, $1.5m to PRIDE Tanzania, $750k Renewed to FINCA Tanzania

In December 2012, Dual Return-Vision Microfinance and Dual Return-Vision Microfinance Local Currency, two funds managed by Austria-based asset management company Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), disbursed a total equivalent to USD 11.75 million in loans to microfinance institutions (MFIs) worldwide, including MFIs in Latin America and Africa. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Maruhan Japan Bank Acquires Equity Stake in Microfinance Institution Sathapana Limited of Cambodia

Maruhan Japan Bank, a Japanese financial institution with assets of USD 123 million as of 2011, recently has completed the acquisition of a stake in Sathapana Limited, a Cambodian microfinance institution (MFI). Continue Reading »

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Monday, January 7, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $32m to Garanti Leasing of Turkey to Boost Services to Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a microfinance investment vehicle (MIV) based in Luxembourg, recently disbursed a EUR 25 million (USD 32.6 million) loan to Garanti Leasing, a subsidiary of Turkey’s Garanti Bank that provides real-estate and equipment leasing services, to aid it in serving more micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) particularly in rural areas. Continue Reading »

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Monday, January 7, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation Loans $15m to AccessBank to Aid Small Enterprises, Microentrepreneurs in Azerbaijan

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, recently loaned USD 15 million to AccessBank, a microfinance bank in Azerbaijan, to supplement lending to micro-small and medium sized-enterprises in the country. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FirstRand Bank of South Africa Receives $300m Line of Credit from African Development Bank (AfDB)

The African Development Bank (AfDB), a multilateral institution that provides loans and grants to governments and private companies in Africa, recently approved a seven-year line of credit in the amount of USD 300 million to FirstRand Limited, a financial service provider based in South Africa that operates in seven African countries. Continue Reading »

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Friday, December 21, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Government Hopes Zimbabwe Microfinance Wholesale Facility Can Lower Microfinance Institution Interest Rates That Reportedly Hit 40% Monthly

At the recent launch of the Zimbabwe Microfinance Wholesale Facility (ZMWF), a vehicle that offers wholesale funds to financial intermediaries, Norman Mataruka, registrar of banking institutions for the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), reportedly claimed that microfinance institutions (MFIs) charge interest rates as high as 40 percent per month, negatively impacting key economic drivers – micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: After Reserve Bank of India Caps Microfinance Institution Interest Rates at 26%, Investors Eye Non-Banking Financial Companies

Microfinance investors reportedly are seeking to invest in India’s non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) established a new regulation framework in 2011 that included an interest rate cap of 26 percent on loans disbursed by microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CreditEase Inclusive Finance Wholesale Fund of China Loans $800k to First 5 Beneficiaries

CreditEase, a Beijing-based wealth management firm, recently delivered CNY 5 million (USD 800,000) from its Inclusive Finance Wholesale Fund to five undisclosed rural microcredit non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in China. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Microinsurance for Microfinance Institutions; Trends in Microfinance Investments; Inclusive Insurance Markets

Pathways Towards Greater Impact: Better Microinsurance Models, Products and Processes for MFIs;” by Craig Churchill, Aparna Dalal and Josh Ling; published by International Labour Organization; November 2012; 52 pages; available at: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/mifacility/download/mpaper18_models.pdf Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) Donates $211k to Incofin Investment Management of Belgium to Renew Capacity Development Facility

Incofin Investment Management, a Belgian fund management company, and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), a public-private development bank founded in 1970, recently signed the fourth capacity development agreement stemming from their partnership that was launched in 2008 to strengthen a total of 14 microfinance institutions (MFIs) worldwide. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Accion’s Frontier Investments, Saama Capital Invest $4m in Equity in Shubham Housing Development Finance of India

Frontier Investments Group, an investment vehicle of the US-based nonprofit Accion, recently announced that it, along with Saama Capital, a venture focused investment firm in India, invested a total of USD 4 million in equity in India’s Shubham Housing Development Finance Company. Continue Reading »

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Monday, December 17, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Incofin Lends $1m to Fundación para el Desarrollo Socioeconómico Rural (FUNDESER) of Nicaragua

Belgian microfinance fund manager Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM) recently loaned USD 1 million to Fundación para el Desarrollo Socioeconómico Rural (FUNDESER), a Nicaraguan nongovernmental organization (NGO), through a fund it manages, the Rural Impulse Fund II. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Trends in Cross-Border Funding for Microfinance; Microinsurance Among Microcredit Groups in Tanzania; Asian Development Bank Interventions Fail to Reach Enough Poor People

Current Trends in Cross-Border Funding for Microfinance;” by Estelle Lahaye and Ralitsa Rizvanolli; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); December 2012; 4 pages; available at: http://www.cgap.org/sites/default/files/Brief-Current-Trends-in-Cross-Border-Funding-for-Microfinance-Nov-2012.pdf Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Arab Spring Foundation’s Farasee Seeking to Raise $1b for “1 Million Jobs for MENA Initiative” in Morocco

The Arab Spring Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Employment, also known as the Farasee Foundation, is a nonprofit organization that was created to launch “1 million jobs for Middle East and North Africa (MENA)” initiative, which intends to provide institutional investors and sovereign funds with opportunities to develop food security and jobs. Continue Reading »

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: US-based VisionFund International Reaches Loan Portfolio of $400m

VisionFund International, a US-based nonprofit subsidiary of UK-based Christian humanitarian organization World Vision, recently announced that its fund size has surpassed USD 400 million. Continue Reading »

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Friday, December 7, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management Loans $22m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Worldwide, Including $2m to Costa Rican MFI National Cooperative of Educators (Coopenae), $1m Renewed to FINCA Ecuador

During November, Dual Return-Vision Microfinance and Dual Return-Vision Microfinance Local Currency, two funds managed by Austria-based investment and asset management company Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), issued the equivalent of USD 22 million in loans to microfinance institutions (MFIs) globally, with much of the funds going to MFIs in Latin America and Asia. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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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