Category: Latin America

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), MasterCard Partner to Support Financial Inclusion, Transparency in Latin America, Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a US-based multilateral financial institution that seeks to support sustainable economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean countries, has partnered with MasterCard Incorporated, a US-based payments and technology company with operations in 210 countries and territories, to expand electronic payment systems in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Creditcorp’s Financiera Edyficar of Peru to Acquire 61% Stake in Mibanco for $179m

Peru-based microlender Financiera Edyficar (Edyficar), an operating subsidiary of Peruvian bank holding company Creditcorp, recently announced that it will acquire 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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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Owner of Mibanco, Grupo Accion Comunitaria del Peru (ACP) Breaches Debt Covenant; Entire Peruvian Microfinance Sector Under Strain?

Grupo Accion Comunitaria del Peru (ACP), a Peruvian nonprofit holding company that is the majority shareholder of Peruvian microfinance institution (MFI) Mibanco, recently breached a covenant on a 10-year USD 85 million corporate bond due in 2021, resulting in a downgrade of its credit rating by Fitch, a US-based rating agency. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Effectiveness of Microfinance in Cambodia; Scaling Up in Agriculture and Development; Mobile Savings in Ecuador

“AMK Cambodia – Have AMK loans helped its clients improve their overall wellbeing?”, published by Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea (AMK); January 2014; 12 pages; available at https://www.incofin.com/sites/default/files/attachments/newsitems/Change%20Study_AMK_2014.pdf

This report explores the results of a five-year study of the effectiveness of Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea (AMK), a Cambodian microfinance institution, in helping increase its clients’ livelihoods through microcredit services. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management Loans $18m from Dual Return Funds to Microfinance Institutions in Asia, Latin America

Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an Austrian firm that invests in microfinance and other sectors, recently disbursed loans totaling USD 18.5 million for microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia, India, Peru, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Société de Promotion et de Participation pour La Coopération Economique (PROPARCO) Lends $4.1m to Association pour la Cooperation avec la Micro Enterprise (ACME) of Haiti to Boost Microlending

Société de Promotion et de Participation pour La Coopération Economique (PROPARCO), a French public-private development finance institution, reportedly has opened a credit line of HTG 178 million (USD 4.1 million) for Association pour la Cooperation avec la Micro Enterprise (ACME), a Haitian microfinance institution (MFI), to increase its lending portfolio.  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Jamaican Ministry of Finance May Regulate Microfinance Institutions, Cap Interest Rate at 40%

The Jamaican Ministry of Finance reportedly has announced plans to regulate microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the country. This is made possible by the proposed Microcredit Act of 2013 that would replace the Moneylending Act of 1999. Under the new law, the maximum annual interest rate would be set at 40 percent. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “‘Doing the Math’ – Women’s Health Microinsurance in Guatemala, Studying Aseguradora Rural’s VivoSegura Microinsurance in Quetzaltenango,” by Derek Poulton and Barbara Magnoni, Published by The MicroInsurance Centre

“Doing the Math” – Women’s Health Microinsurance in Guatemala, Studying Aseguradora Rural’s VivoSegura Microinsurance in Quetzaltenango,” by Derek Poulton and Barbara Magnoni, Published by The MicroInsurance Centre as Microinsurance Learning Knowledge Brief Number 28, October 2013, 9 pages, available at http://www.microinsurancecentre.org/milk-project/milk-docs/doc_details/1043-milk-brief-28-qdoing-the-mathq-womens-health-microinsurance-in-guatemala.html Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Approves $20m Loan to Edyficar of Peru to Support Housing Finance

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a US-based financial institution that supports small and medium-sized businesses, reportedly has approved a loan of USD 20 million to Edyficar, a financial institution in Peru that specializes in serving microenterprises, to increase housing loans. Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: Why Microfinance Institutions Offer Unprofitable Housing Loans

On November 14, the closing day of the European Microfinance Platform’s (e-MFP’s) European Microfinance Week, Wilson Twamuhabwa, CEO of Uganda’s Ugafode Microfinance Limited, explained that his organization began to offer housing loan products partly because its clients were using 30 percent of their loans for housing anyway. Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: Women Microfinance Clients Often Save More, Are More Loyal to Lenders

At today’s session on gender at European Microfinance Week in Luxembourg, panelists eschewed the idea that lenders have a moral obligation to serve a greater proportion of women. Instead, Anne-Marie Chidzero of South Africa and Anna Gincherman of the US-based Women’s World Banking (WWB) network both argued strenuously that lenders are leaving money on the table by failing to reach out to women. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Asociación Dominicana para el Desarrollo de la Mujer (ADOPEM) of the Dominican Republic Lends $1.6m to 728 Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

Asociación Dominicana para el Desarrollo de la Mujer  (ADOPEM), a microfinance institution (MFI) in the Dominican Republic, reportedly has provided loans totaling DOP 70 million (USD 1.65 million) to 728 micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the country [1]. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Fifth Caribbean Microfinance Forum (CMF V) NEW LOCATION AND DATES

The Fifth Caribbean Microfinance Forum (CMF V), which had been scheduled to take place in Suriname from March 31, 2014, to April 3, 2014, instead will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from June 2, 2014, to June 5, 2014.

The Caribbean Microfinance Forum is an annual gathering of microfinance institutions that was launched with the support of the Caribbean Microfinance Capacity Building Project (Carib-Cap), a joint effort of the US-based Multilateral Investment Fund, the Caribbean Development Bank, the EU’s European Commission and the US-based Citi Foundation.

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