Category: Key Players

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Cambodia’s Prasac Microfinance Introduces Mobile Banking Services Through Compass Plus’s TranzWare

Cambodia’s Prasac Microfinance Institution Limited recently launched a suite of mobile banking services using the TranzWare processing platform from Compass Plus, an electronic payment systems provider with primary offices located in Russia and the United Kingdom. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: VisionFund Selects BankBI’s Cloud-Based Software to Manage Microfinance Institutions in 32 Countries

VisionFund International, the microfinance arm of US-based NGO World Vision, recently selected UK-based BankBI Limited’s business intelligence and analytics software to manage its operations in 32 countries. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Smart Communications, ICMFI to Offer Mobile Banking Accounts in Iloilo, Philippines

Smart Communications Incorporated, a mobile services subsidiary of publicly-traded PLDT Incorporated (formerly the Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company), has partnered with the Philippine nonprofit International Care Ministries Foundation (ICMFI) to provide Smart Communications’ “SMART Money” mobile banking accounts to members of the Pototan community in Iloilo province. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: AlHuda CIBE, Akhuwat to Host Sixth Global Islamic Microfinance Forum, November 8-11, 2016, Nairobi, Kenya

Event Name: Sixth Global Islamic Microfinance Forum: “Financial Inclusion, Outreach Strategies and Innovations”

Event Dates: Conference: November 8-9, 2016; Post-Conference Workshop: November 10-11, 2016

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS), MicroSave Launch Financial Education Pilot Program for Self-Help Groups (SHGs)

The Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS), a program of the local government’s Rural Development Department, and MicroSave, a financial inclusion consulting firm headquartered in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, recently launched a financial education pilot program in the Bero, Khuntipani and Manoharpur blocks of the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC Issues Taino II Local-currency Bond, Raising $4m for Banco ADOPEM’s Microfinance Efforts in the Dominican Republic

The International Finance Corporation, the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, recently issued its “Taino II” bond in the amount of DOP 180 million (USD 4 million), the proceeds of which will go to Banco de Ahorro y Crédito ADOPEM SA, a microfinance institution formerly known as Asociación Dominicana para el Desarrollo de la Mujer that is a member of the Spain-based Fundación BBVA Microfinanzas. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: SBP Increases Transaction Limits, Bolsters Alternate Channels to Boost Branchless Banking in Pakistan

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) recently announced reforms to the country’s branchless banking regulations in an effort to further the bank’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS), launched in May 2015, which seeks to allow SBP to deliver financial services to 50 percent of the adult population in Pakistan by 2020. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Asian Development Bank Bond Sale Raises $30m to Boost Local Microenterprises Served by Credo Microfinance, FINCA Georgia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), a multilateral development banking institution based in the Philippines, recently announced it has raised GEL 64 million (approximately USD 30 million) through a sale of bonds denominated in Georgian lari. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Controversy Brews as For-Profit Fintech Provider MyBucks Buys 6 African Microfinance Organizations from Nonprofit Opportunity International

The sale of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda over the first half of 2016 by US-based NGO Opportunity International to Luxembourg-based financial technology company MyBucks has raised concerns both that these MFIs’ clients could be negatively impacted and that these transactions signal that the sector’s overall direction has shifted toward profit-making. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation Investing Up To $70m in Debt in India-based Microfinance Institutions Grameen Koota, Janalakshmi Financial Services

The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, recently announced that it will invest up to INR 1.4 billion (USD 20 million) in Grameen Financial Services Private Limited and INR 3.4 billion (USD 50 million) in Janalakshmi Financial Services (JFS), Bangalore-based microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IntelleGrow Raises $20m in Debt, Equity to Fund Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises in India

IntelleGrow Private Limited, an India-based nonbanking financial company specializing in venture debt that was founded by India’s Intellecap Capital Advisory Services, recently announced that it has raised INR 134 billion (approximately USD 20 million) in equity and debt. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bâtisseur de Richesse (BR SARL) Among 50 Microfinance Institutions Closed in Gabon, David Mapakou Arrested For Alleged Savings Fraud

The Ministry of Economy of Gabon recently froze the activities of 50 microfinance institutions that lacked  approval to offer microfinance services. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: The MasterCard Foundation Donates $12m to Microcred to Increase its Client Reach in Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Senegal to 1.2m by 2019

The Microcred Group, a France-based for-profit microfinance company and member of Positive Planet, recently announced it has been funded by The MasterCard Foundation, a Canadian organization founded by the US-based payments firm MasterCard, to launch a financial inclusion programme in Ivory Coast, Madagascar and Senegal. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FMO, ABN Amro, Privium Open FMO Privium Impact Fund to Invest in Job Creation, Environmental Efforts in Emerging Markets

Three Dutch institutions, development bank Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO), Algemene Bank Nederland (ABN) Amro, and fund manager Privium, recently announced the opening of the FMO Privium Impact Fund. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: DiD Supports Microfinance Institution Kafo Jiginew in Offering “Input Savings” Voucher Plan to Help Farmers in Mali Buy Improved Pesticides

Developpement international Desjardins (DiD), a nonprofit unit of Canada’s cooperative Desjardins Group that promotes financial services in developing countries, recently partnered with Kafo Jiginew, a microfinance institution in Mali, to help it introduce a savings plan intended to address the fact that small-scale farmers often run out of funds between harvest and planting time. Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: 7th European Microfinance Award: $112k for Education Funding

Christoph Pausch serves as Executive Secretary of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP). The European Microfinance Award is jointly organised by the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, e-MFP and the Inclusive Finance Network Luxembourg. For more details, please visit http://www.european-microfinance-award.com.

MicroCapital: Why is education access the topic of this year’s Award?

Christoph Pausch: Education is the strongest predictor of economic
well-being, and it can also have a major impact on health, women’s empowerment and even population growth. Unfortunately, Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: EIB Pledges Venture Capital to Microfinance Institutions, Microfinance Investment Vehicles Operating in the Southern Mediterranean

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the long-term lending institution of the European Union (EU), recently pledged to create a venture capital scheme to support microfinance institutions and microfinance investment vehicles operating in the Middle East and North Africa within the next four months. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC Lends Burgan Bank of Turkey $60m to Boost Local SMEs’ Access to Finance

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, recently announced it has loaned USD 60 million to Burgan Bank A.S., the Turkish subsidiary of Kuwait’s Burgan Bank Group. Continue reading

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