Category: Latin America

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management’s Vision Microfinance Funds Loan $5m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Azerbaijan, El Salvador, Tajikistan

Two funds controlled by Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an arm of Austria-based asset group C-Quadrat, have distributed credits worth approximately USD 5 million to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Azerbaijan, El Salvador and Tajikistan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC), Colombian Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Superintendence of Corporations to Facilitate Lending Based on Movable Collateral

The International Financial Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the World Bank Group, has partnered with the Superintendence of Corporations of Colombia, a government agency that regulates corporations, and Confecamaras, the Colombian Federation of Chambers of Commerce, to launch a lending framework that is intended to facilitate financial access for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the country [1].

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Microcredit Summit Campaign, Mexican Ministry of Economy to Host 17th Microcredit Summit “Generation Next: Innovations in Microfinance,” September 3-5, 2014, Merida, Mexico

Event Name: 17th Microcredit Summit “Generation Next: Innovations in Microfinance”

Event Date: September 3-5, 2014

Event Location: Centro de Convenciones Yucatán Siglo XXI, Merida, Mexico Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Invests $4.8m in Fondo Para el Desarrollo (FONDESA) to Support Financial Inclusion in Dominican Republic

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has disbursed a three-year, DOP 200 million (USD 4.8 million) loan to Fondo Para el Desarrollo Incorporated (FONDESA), a nonprofit microfinance institution in the Dominican Republic. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Munich Re Foundation, Microinsurance Network to Host 10th International Microinsurance Conference, November 11-13, 2014, Mexico City

Event Name: 10th International Microinsurance Conference

Event Date: November 11-13, 2014

Event Location: Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel and Towers, Mexico City, Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Uruguayan Financial Inclusion Law Mandates Government Payments be Made Electronically, Gives Tax Brake to Cash-less Transactions

The Uruguayan Parliament reportedly has announced the approval of a new financial inclusion law that mandates that workers and retired people must start receiving their paychecks and work benefits through bank accounts or electronic money services within four years. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Cable and Wireless Panama (CWP) Introduces “Movilcash” Mobile Money Service

Cable and Wireless Panama (CWP), a subsidiary of London-based Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC), reportedly has unveiled “Movilcash,” a new mobile money service that will allow customers to transfer money and make purchases from their mobile devices. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Over-indebtedness in Mexico; Achieving Customer Centricity; Managing Over-indebtedness

“Over-Indebtedness in Mexico: Its Effect on Borrowers;” published by Microfinance CEO Working Group; May 2014; 32 pages; available at http://microfinanceceoworkinggroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Over-Indebtedness-in-Mexico-Its-Effect-on-Borrowers-552014.pdf

This report cautions lending institutions in Mexico about rising levels of over-indebtedness – meaning more borrowers cannot reasonably repay their debts – which can threaten the financial system as well as the economic outlook of low-income individuals. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Skoll Foundation Awards Microfinance Institution Fundación Capital of Colombia, 6 Others $1.25m Each for Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll Foundation, an organization that seeks to promote sustainability, peace and prosperity in the developing world by investing in social enterprises, recently honored seven organizations with the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, which is given to social enterprises to fund business initiatives deemed innovative. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Foundation Anticipating $1m in Donations to Last Mile Initiative for Latin America

The Grameen Foundation, a US-based nonprofit organization, recently announced that it is anticipating donations to its Last Mile Initiative totaling USD 1 million after receiving a USD 500,000 donation from David and Susan Russell, which must be matched with an equal amount of funds from other sources. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) Allocates $5.3m to Test, Develop Social Impact Bond Market in Latin America, Caribbean

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the US-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, recently announced that it has allocated USD 5.3 million for the testing, development and implementation of social impact bond (SIB) programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Financial Capability in Colombia: Results from a National Survey on Financial Behaviors, Attitudes, and Knowledge;” by Rekha Reddy, Miriam Bruhn and Congyan Tan; Published by The World Bank

“Financial Capability in Colombia: Results from a National Survey on Financial Behaviors, Attitudes, and Knowledge;” by Rekha Reddy, Miriam Bruhn and Congyan Tan; published by The World Bank; 2013; 87 pages; available at http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2013/07/18054984/financial-capability-colombia-results-national-survey-financial-behaviors-attitudes-knowledge

This report, which was published by The World Bank, a US-based multilateral institution, analyzes a survey carried out in Colombia regarding “financial capabilities,” including behaviors, attitudes and knowledge regarding financial products. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Colombian Government Seeks to Reduce Cost of Remittances

The Colombian government reportedly has announced that it is seeking to reduce the cost of remittance services under its Financial Inclusion Law by encouraging the creation of new financial institutions called Specialized Partnerships in Electronic Deposits and Payments. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Financiera Edyficar Launches Microfinance Institution (MFI) Encumbra in Colombia

Peru-based microlender Financiera Edyficar (Edyficar), an operating subsidiary of Peruvian bank holding company Credicorp, recently launched a microfinance institution (MFI) named Encumbra in the Colombian city of Medellin that will serve the micro- and small enterprise sector in the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Jamaica Microfinancing Association (JamFA) Executive Director Raymond Gabbidon Says “Loan Shark” Accusation is “Unfair”

According to statements attributed to Mr Raymond Gabbidon, Executive Director of the eleven-member Jamaica Microfinancing Association (JamFA), the recent characterization [1] of the country’s microfinance sector as being afflicted by “loan sharks” by former Commerce Secretary Dr Chris Tufton is “unfair.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC), IFC Capitalization Fund Invest $15m in Subordinated Debt in Nicaragua-based Banco de Finanzas (BDF)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced a USD 15 million subordinated bond investment in Banco de Finanzas, a Nicaragua-based commercial bank that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Panama-based bank holding company Grupo Banco de Finanzas. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Citi Replicates Mobile Collect Fund Transfer Service in China, India

Citi Asia, a subsidiary of US-based bank Citigroup in Asia, recently launched Citi Mobile Collect, a mobile payment platform that enables customers to complete fund transfers via mobile phones, in China and India. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) Loans $6m to Peruvian Credit Unions Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Abaco, Fortalecer

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the US-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, has disbursed loans to Peruvian credit unions Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Abaco and Fortalecer to expand financial services via intermediaries, including other credit unions, private firms and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide retail lending to rural clients. Continue reading

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