Category: Latin America

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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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Incofin Investment Management’s Rural Impulse Fund (RIF) Acquires 15% Equity Stake in Financiera El Comercio (FIELCO) From Accion Gateway Fund

Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), which is managed by Belgian microfinance fund manager Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM), recently announced that it has acquired a 15.3-percent stake in Financiera El Comercio (FIELCO), a microfinance institution focused on rural and agricultural markets in Paraguay. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Water, Sanitation and Microfinance Toolkit 1: Introduction to Opportunities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance,” Published by Water.org, MicroSave

“Water, Sanitation and Microfinance Toolkit 1: Introduction to Opportunities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance;” published by Water.org and MicroSave, 2013, 75 pages, available at http://www.washmicrofinance.org/

Water insecurity and unhygienic sanitation practices pose significant health and financial risks in the developing world. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: US-based TriLinc Global Impact Fund Invests in Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Peru

TriLinc Global Impact Fund (TriLinc), a US-based private investor in companies that it deems to contribute positively to socioeconomic development in emerging economies, recently disbursed a total of USD 5.7 million in loans through a series of investments in unspecified small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Brazil, Chile, Indonesia and Peru. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Germany’s Kreditech Raises $15m in Debt from Kreos Capital for Lending in Eurasia, Latin America

Kreditech, a German technology company that uses an online platform to assess the creditworthiness of loan applicants, recently announced that it has raised USD 15 million in debt financing from UK-based venture capital firm Kreos Capital (Kreos). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to Create $30m Credit Line for Retail Lenders to Support Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Dominican Republic

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a US-based multilateral financial institution that seeks to support sustainable economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean, recently announced that it will create a USD 30 million credit fund that retail lenders in the Dominican Republic can access to expand financing deemed “medium- and long-term” to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) to Help Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Improve Risk Management for Small, Medium-Enterprises (SMEs) in Guyana

The Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), a commercial bank in Guyana, recently signed an agreement with the International Financial Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, to take part in a two-year financial risk management advisory project. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) Donates $150k to Caribbean Information & Credit Rating Services (CariCRIS) of Trinidad and Tobago to Support Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the US-based Inter-American Development Bank, has approved a grant of USD 150,000 to the Caribbean Information & Credit Rating Services (CariCRIS) of Trinidad and Tobago to provide services including the creation of credit ratings for 60 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Caribbean. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Peru-based Financiera Edyficar’s Acquisition of 61% Stake in Mibanco Receives Regulatory Approval

Peru-based microlender Financiera Edyficar (Edyficar), an operating subsidiary of Peruvian holding company Creditcorp, has received regulatory approval from the Peruvian Superintendency of Banks, Insurance and Pension Funds, the financial sector regulator in the country, for its proposed USD 179 million acquisition of a 60.7-percent stake in Mibanco, a Peruvian microfinance institution (MFI) that is a subsidiary of nonprofit holding company Grupo Accion Comunitaria del Peru (ACP). Continue reading

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