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Monday, January 16, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FMO of the Netherlands to Loan $10m to Microfinance Institution Vision Banco of Paraguay for On-Lending to Micro- and Small Enterprises

The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO in Dutch), a public-private partnership, has signed an agreement to loan the equivalent of USD 10 million to Vision Banco, a microfinance institution (MFI) in Paraguay [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Lagos Chapter of Nigeria’s National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB) to Undertake Micro-Housing Project

The Lagos State Chapter of the National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB), a trade group of microfinance banks (MFBs) in Nigeria, has announced that it plans to undertake a micro-housing project for “low-income earners” in Lagos state [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Philippine Central Bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Issues Microinsurance Licenses to Bangko Mabuhay, Mallig Plains Rural Bank

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Philippine central bank, has issued licenses to two rural banks, Bangko Mabuhay and Mallig Plains Rural Bank Incorporated, allowing them to provide microinsurance services [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of Kenya to Allow Deposit-Taking Microfinance Institutions (DTMs) to Use Agents to Provide Financial Services

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), Kenya’s central banking authority, has reportedly issued guidelines allowing deposit-taking microfinance institutions (DTMs) to use agents to provide financial services in an effort to promote financial inclusion of the “unbanked and under-banked population” [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian NGO Gramalaya Creates Microfinance Institution Gramalaya Microfin Foundation

Gramalaya, an Indian nongovernmental organization (NGO), has launched a new microfinance institution (MFI), Gramalaya Microfin Foundation (GMF) that aims to “eradicate poverty through livelihood promotion activities through increased access to financial services” [1]. Continue Reading »

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Monday, January 9, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigeria’s National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB) Asks Government Not to Set Up Microlenders

The Lagos State Chapter of the National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB), a trade group of microfinance banks (MFBs) in Nigeria, has reportedly asked the federal government not to set up MFBs [1]. Continue Reading »

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Government of Rwanda, Visa Incorporated Partner on Electronic Financial Services

The government of Rwanda and US-based payment technology firm Visa Incorporated have announced a collaboration to extend access to financial services throughout Rwanda [1]. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: TBC Capital Asset Management Looking to Raise $75m for “TBC Capital Impact Investing Fund-I” to Invest in Microfinance, Sustainable Agriculture, and Clean and Base-of-Pyramid Infrastructure

TBC Capital Asset Management Incorporated, a Canada-based investment management firm with a special focus on impact investments, is launching its TBC Capital Impact Investing Fund-I (TBCCIIF-I), which is a pooled fund established to invest in organizations that operate in the areas of: (a) microfinance – mainly tier-2 microfinance institutions and service providers to them – which will account for approximately 65 percent of the fund; (b) small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) “with high positive impact,” especially those involved in sustainable agriculture, which will receive approximately 20 percent of fund investments; and (c) clean and “base-of-pyramid” infrastructure, accounting for approximately 15 percent of the fund [1]. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Dr Muhammad Yunus to Seek Court Review of His Removal as Managing Director of Bangladeshi Microfinance Institution Grameen Bank

Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus reportedly has sought a review of the court decision that upheld his removal from his position as managing director of Bangladeshi microfinance institution (MFI) Grameen Bank. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Institution AccessBank of Azerbaijan Disburses 500,000th Loan

Microfinance institution (MFI) AccessBank of Azerbaijan, an affiliate of Access Microfinance Holding AG (AccessHolding), recently announced that it has disbursed its 500,000th loan [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH (DEG), European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), European Investment Fund to Loan $38m to Alternatifbank A.S. (ABank) of Turkey

Alternatifbank A.S. (ABank), a private commercial bank in Turkey, has entered into a loan agreement with German development finance institution Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH (DEG) and the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a microfinance investment fund incorporated in Luxembourg, to receive EUR 30 million (USD 38.7 million) to boost credit availability for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Turkey [1]. Continue Reading »

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Monday, January 2, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: State Bank of Pakistan Releases Five-Year “Microfinance Strategic Framework,” Launches Financial Literacy Programme

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Pakistan’s central bank, recently announced that it has developed a detailed strategy to promote the sustainable growth of microfinance as outlined in its “Microfinance Strategic Framework 2011-2015” that is intended to “foster a pro-poor and sustainable development of the country” [1]. Continue Reading »

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Friday, December 30, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: PlaNet Finance Seeking Researcher for Short-Term Study on Microfinance and Women in West Africa

PlaNet Finance, a France-based nonprofit that works to alleviate poverty through microfinance, has released a call for expressions of interest from researchers to conduct a study on microfinance and women in West Africa [1]. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Krung Thai Bank of Thailand Downscaling to Offer Microfinance

The Krung Thai Bank Public Company Limited (KTB), a government-owned commercial bank in Thailand, recently announced that it has initiated microfinance operations by providing loans to lower-income people that do not have regular salaries [1]. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen-Jameel Achieves 1.5m Microfinance Clients Reached, $53m Facilitated

Grameen-Jameel, a joint venture of the US-based Grameen Foundation and the UK-based Abdul Latif Jameel Foundation, recently announced in its first “partners’ meeting” that it has reached 1.5 million clients through its partner microfinance institutions (MFIs) [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Asasah of Pakistan to Collect Microloan Repayments via Easypaisa Service of Tameer Microfinance Bank, Telenor Pakistan

Asasah, a microfinance institution (MFI) in Pakistan, reportedly has announced that it will be utilizing Easypaisa, the branchless banking service of MFI Tameer Microfinance Bank Limited (TMFB) of Pakistan, as an option for borrowers to repay their loans [1]. Continue Reading »

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Friday, December 23, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Armenia’s Small and Medium Business Credit Support Invests $2.6m in European Fund for Southeast Europe’s Armenia Local Currency Facility

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a microfinance investment fund incorporated in Luxembourg, recently announced that the Small and Medium Business Credit Support (SMBCS), a subsidiary of the Central Bank of Armenia, will invest EUR 2 million (USD 2.6 million) in EFSE’s new Armenia Local Currency Facility. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Arranges $9m Syndicated Loan for Microfinance Institution Mol Bulak Finance of Kyrgyz Republic Largely Funded by FMO, Loans $39m to ProCredit Bank Serbia

Mol Bulak Finance, a microfinance institution (MFI) in the Kyrgyz Republic, will receive a syndicated loan in local currency equivalent to USD 9 million arranged by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), an international financial institution headquartered in London [1]. Continue Reading »

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