Category: Key Players

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Expanding M-Pesa Mobile Money to Europe, Vodafone Targets 35% of Romanians Without Bank Accounts

In Romania, UK-based telecommunications firm Vodafone has been expanding M-Pesa, its mobile money service that was first launched in 2007 in Kenya, from the pilot stage to a complete rollout. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CDC, Creation Investments, DEG, International Finance Corporation (IFC), FMO Acquire 40% Equity Stakes in India’s Equitas for $51.4m

The Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), which is owned by the UK government; Creation Investments Capital Management (Creation Investments), a US-based alternative investment management company; Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH (DEG), a German development finance institution offering long-term project and company financing; the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group; and Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO), a Dutch development bank, recently announced that they will invest a total of INR 325 cores (USD 51.4 million) to acquire 40 percent of the shares of Equitas Holdings, an Indian microfinance lender. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: Peru, Colombia, the Philippines Top 2014 Global Microscope on Microfinance Business Environment

According to the Global Microscope on the Microfinance Business Environment 2014, a recent report by the UK-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Peru is the top country in enabling microfinance for the seventh consecutive year. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Credit Suisse to Fund Opportunity International’s “Empowering Generational Change Through Education” in Africa, Asia, Latin America

Credit Suisse, a Swiss global financial services company with operations in 50 countries, has agreed to donate an undisclosed sum to Opportunity International, a US-based nonprofit providing microfinance in 22 countries, to launch a three-year program entitled “Empowering Generational Change Through Education” that focuses on lending for education initiatives. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Financial Organization (IFC) to Provide $18m to Peru-based La Positiva Seguros Generales through Convertible Subordinated Loan to Expand Insurance to Poor People

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that offers financial services to businesses and governments in developing countries with the aim of increasing economic growth, recently announced that it will provide USD 18 million to La Positva Seguros Generales, a Peru-based insurance company, through a convertible subordinated loan to expand the availability of insurance to disadvantaged populations within Peru. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Millicom’s Tanzanian Arm Distributes Profits of $1.8m to Tigo Pesa Mobile Money Customers

Millicom International Cellular, a Luxembourg-based telecommunications company that operates the brand Tigo, recently announced that its Tanzanian unit will distribute third quarter profits of TZS 3 billion (USD 1.8 million) to users and agents of Tigo Pesa, a mobile money service accessed by 3.6 million customers. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: UK Department for International Development (DFID), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Create Digital Financial Services Unit in Pakistan

The Department for International Development (DFID), a development agency of the British government, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a US-based nonprofit that supports innovations in health and education, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the International Branchless Banking Conference 2014 in Pakistan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Financial Organization (IFC) to Invest $67m in Equity in Bank Alfalah of Pakistan to Promote Financial Access for Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs); Economic Growth; Job Creation

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that offers financial services to businesses and governments in developing countries with the aim of increasing economic growth, recently announced that it will invest USD 67 million in Bank Alfalah (Alfalah), a Pakistan-based financial institution. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Desjardins Fund for Inclusive Finance Acquires Stake in Microfinance Institution Humo & Partners of Tajikistan

The Desjardins Fund for Inclusive Finance, a unit of Canada’s Desjardins Group, recently acquired shares in Humo and Partners, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to support the expansion of the MFI in rural parts of the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Triodos Sells 14.5% Equity Stake in K-rep Bank of Kenya to Existing Shareholders Centum Investment, K-rep Group

The Triodos Sustainable Finance Foundation, a unit of the Netherlands-based Triodos Bank, recently sold its entire 14.5-percent equity stake in K-rep Bank of Kenya, a commercial bank founded in 1999 that provides services to low-income people. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to Establish $99m Sustainable Energy Financing Facility for Morocco; to Loan $6m to Banque Marocaine du Commerce Extérieur (BMCE) of Morocco for On-Lending for Sustainable Energy Investments; to Establish $37m Sustainable Energy Financing Facility for Jordan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral financial institution headquartered in England, is considering the establishment of a EUR 80 million (USD 99.4 million) “Sustainable Energy Financing Facility for Morocco”[1] (MorSEFF) that would disburse loans to EBRD’s partner financial institutions in Morocco. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFAD, OPEC Fund for International Development Lend $36m to Support Infrastructure and Rural Financial Support Programme in Armenia

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), an agency of the United Nations that aims to alleviate poverty, has agreed to lend USD 11 million to the Republic of Armenia for a “Infrastructure and Rural Finance Support Programme,” a USD 52.8 million initiative that aims to create sustainable employment opportunities and higher incomes for people in “the business, financial and agricultural sectors” of the Armenian economy [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Financial Organization (IFC) to Loan $30m to Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) of Philippines to Fund Small, Medium-sized Enterprises; Women-led Businesses

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that offers financial services to businesses and governments in developing countries with the aim of increasing economic growth, recently announced that it has approved a “medium-term loan”[1] of up to USD 30 million to the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), a commercial bank in the Philippines. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Investment Bank (EIB) Loans $24.8m to Cooperative Rural Development Bank (CRDB) of Tanzania, Announces $6.2m for Technical Assistance Programmes in East Africa

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the lending bank of the European Union, recently announced that it will issue a loan worth EUR 20 million (USD 24.8 million) to the Cooperative Rural Development Bank (CRDB), a commercial bank in Tanzania, to support small businesses in the agriculture, manufacturing and retail sectors in Tanzania. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Mozido Raises $185m from MasterCard, Wellington Management, Individual Funders to Expand Operations

Mozido, a US-based mobile payment and marketing software company, recently raised USD 185 million in capital in the first round of its Series B financing to expand its mobile and payment services in Africa, China, Europe, India, Latin America and the Middle East. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: US Agency for International Development (USAID) to Provide $71m to Government of India for Banking, Clean Energy, Water and Sanitation

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), a government agency that provides international economic and humanitarian assistance, recently committed up to USD 71 million to the Government of India to support the country’s banking, clean energy and water and sanitation sectors. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Investment Bank (EIB) to Loan $31m to AccessBank Azerbaijan for On-lending to Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank (EIB), the long-term lending bank of the European Union (EU), recently announced that it is extending an intermediated senior loan totaling EUR 25 million (USD 31 million) to AccessBank Azerbaijan, a microfinance bank (MFB) in Azerbaijan, for on-lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country. Continue reading

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