The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), recently notified MicroCapital that it has opened a EUR 1.5 million (USD 1.9 million) credit line for Mikrokreditna Fondacija Mi-Bospo, a microlender in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) that loans exclusively to women .
The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently revealed the pending approval of a finance facility of up to USD 100 million for the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), which is wholly owned by the Egyptian government.
The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based investment company, and Sberbank BH, the Bosnia and Herzegovina branch of government-owned Sberbank of Russia, recently signed a EUR 10 million (USD 13.3 million) loan agreement.
Opportunity International, a US-based nonprofit organization that provides financial services to poor people in 24 countries, recently announced that Caterpillar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of US-based equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc., has granted Opportunity two multi-year donations totaling USD 19.2 million .
The Sanad Fund for MSME (micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises), an initiative that invests in financial institutions in the Middle East and North Africa, recently agreed to grant a senior loan facility of USD 2 million to Al Majmoua, a Lebanese nongovernmental organization (NGO) that lends to microenterprises.
Kashf Microfinance Bank Limited (KMBL), a Pakistan-based microfinance bank (MFB), recently announced an equity injection of PKR 824.7 million (USD 8.4 million) from FINCA Microfinance Coöperatief U.A., a Netherlands-based entity controlled by US-based NGO FINCA International.
The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), a US-based association of credit union trade groups in 54 countries, recently received a four-year, USD 2.45 million grant from the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s (UNCDF’s) MicroLead program that it will direct to its new member organization, the Liberia Credit Union National Association (LCUNA), a network of 300 credit unions in Liberia that serve 36,000 individuals.
Event Name: World Credit Union Conference (WCUC)
Event Date: July 14-17, 2013
Event Location: Ottawa Convention Center, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, recently announced that it would loan the local-currency equivalent of USD 70 million to Subsidiary Bank Sberbank of Russia Joint Stock Company (SBK) in Kazakhstan, a subsidiary of government-owned Sberbank of Russia, in an effort to increase financial access for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Kazakhstan .
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced it will disburse a local-currency loan equivalent to USD 470 million to Itau Unibanco, a Brazilian bank, in an effort to increase the financial inclusion of women-owned enterprises in Brazil.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, recently announced that it is partnering with the European Investment Bank (EIB), the long-term lending bank of the European Union (EU); Agence Française de Développement (AFD), France’s international development agency; and the European Commission, the legislative body of the EU, via the Neighborhood Investment Facility (NIF), to establish a USD 380 million financing facility for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently revealed the pending approval of a EUR 60 million (USD 78 million) finance facility for Sekerbank T.A.S., a Turkish commercial bank.
In an effort to boost residential energy efficiency in Moldova, the UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently loaned EUR 2 million (USD 2.6 million) to Mobiasbanca, a Moldovan commercial bank and subsidiary of France-based Groupe Société Générale SA, to be on-lent to individual households, housing associations, management companies, condominiums and energy service companies.
The European Commission (EC), the legislative body of the European Union (EU), recently introduced an online portal featuring small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) stock prices and providing SMEs with information on the following EC programs: the Competitiveness and Innovation Program (CIP), which offers business support services; European Progress Microfinance Facility, which supports microcredit providers; Risk Sharing Instrument Facility (RSI), which supports debt financing to SMEs for research, development and innovation projects; and the Joint European Resources for Micro to Medium Enterprises (JEREMIE), which allows EU member states to use EU structural funds to finance SMEs via equity, loans or guarantees .
The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will loan the local-currency equivalent of USD 10 million to KazMicroFinance (KMF), a Kazakhstan non-banking financial institution, in an effort to increase access to credit for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises in rural areas of the country .
Event Name: 3rd Latin American Forum on Social Performance: Responsible Finances and Development
Event Date: June 3-4, 2013
Event Location: Continental Hotel, Via Espana and Ricardo Arias Street, Panama City, Republic of Panama
The State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP’s) Credit Guarantee Scheme for Small and Rural Businesses (CGS), which aims to increase financing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in rural areas via retail banks, reportedly will extend client loan terms from three years to five years in an effort to increase economic opportunities by facilitating the purchase of tractors and other agricultural tools.
PKF Chartered Accountants, the Zimbabwean member of UK-based businesses services firm PKF International, reportedly has advised Royal Bank Zimbabwe Limited, a defunct bank, to convert its commercial banking license to a microfinance institution (MFI) license, which carries lower capital requirements set by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), the country’s central banking institution.