Category: Key Players

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Inter-American Development Bank Issues Partial Credit Guarantee of $2.4m to Microfin of Uruguay

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a US-based finance institution that provides funding to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other sectors, recently issued a partial credit guarantee of UYU 51.4 million (USD 2.41 million) to Microfin, a microfinance institution (MFI) that provides support to SMEs in Uruguay. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Developpement international Desjardins, Desjardins Fund for Inclusive Finance Loan $1.5m to Fundacion para el Desarollo Integral Espoir of Ecuador

Fundacion para el Desarollo Integral Espoir, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) offering economic and social development services to poor female entrepreneurs in Ecuador, recently borrowed USD 1.5 million jointly from Developpement international Desjardins (DID) and Desjardins Fund for Inclusive Finance, two members of Desjardins Group, a cooperative financial institution based in Canada. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL MONITOR: September Issue of Microfinance Newspaper Published

Do you know that MicroCapital publishes a monthly newspaper on microfinance? The September MicroCapital Monitor has a dozen pages of news, events and research summaries as well as a report on microfinance networks from development finance expert Barbara Magnoni of EA Consultants. There is no fee to receive the free, abbreviated edition of the Monitor, and we would love to send you a complimentary sample of the paid edition. Just drop us an email or call us at +1 617 648 0043.

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Credins Leasing of Albania Borrows €1.5m ($1.97m) from European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Credins Leasing, a holding of Credins Bank of Albania that provides funding to individuals for vehicles and equipment, recently borrowed EUR 1.5 million (USD 1.97 million) from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based development finance institution that provides funding to support micro- and small businesses in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: EBay, Grameen Foundations Partner to Launch Mobile Marketplace, Transaction Platform to Increase Financial Inclusion in Indonesia

The eBay Foundation, the charitable arm of US-based online marketplace eBay, and Grameen Foundation, a US-based nonprofit that aims to increase financial and technological opportunities for people in poor countries, have announced a partnership to design and launch two technology services intended to increase financial access in Indonesia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Incofin Funds Take Stakes in EDPYME Solidaridad of Peru, FIDES Bank of Namibia, ACEP-Burkina of Burkina Faso

The Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), a microfinance investment vehicle (MIV) managed by Incofin Investment Management (IM) of Belgium, has acquired an 8.2-percent equity stake in Peru’s Empresa de Desarrollo de la Pequeña y Micro Empresa (EDPYME) Solidaridad, a non-bank financial institution that is held by the nonprofit organization Caritas del Peru. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: ProCredit Ghana Sounds Alarm on Multiple Lending, Calls for Tighter Entry Requirements for Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

Mrs Sarah Tsien Zetterli, Managing Director of ProCredit Savings and Loan Company of Ghana, reportedly stated recently that the microfinance market in Ghana has become overcrowded and that tighter entry requirements for microfinance institutions (MFIs) must be established by the Bank of Ghana. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Backs Central Registry of Securitisation Asset Reconstruction and Security Interest (CERSAI) of India

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, and the government-owned Central Registry of Securitisation Asset Reconstruction and Security Interest (CERSAI) of India, are developing a database of collateral used to secure loans. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Citi Foundation Grants $180k to Parinaam Foundation of India to Provide Financial Literacy Training to Clients of Microfinance Institution Ujjivan

Citi Foundation, the charitable arm of the US-based financial provider Citigroup, reportedly has given a grant of INR 10 million (USD 180,000) to Parinaam Foundation, an Indian nonprofit organization, to deliver Parinaam’s Diksha Financial Literacy Program to approximately 31,000 microfinance clients. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Bank Releases Government Electronic Payment Program Guidelines

The World Bank Group, a US-based institution whose aim is to reduce poverty, recently released a report titled “General Guidelines for the Development of Government Payment Programs” that aims to assist governments and other stakeholders in developing efficient electronic government-payment systems. Continue reading

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