Babyloan, a French online microfinance intermediary that works in both developed and developing countries, and Total, a French energy company, recently announced plans to develop a joint crowdfunding platform that will seek to “accelerate access to energy” in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
On Friday, during the final day of European Microfinance Week, Ata Cisse of the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) explained how that organization’s YouthStart program, which was launched in 2010 in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation of Canada, facilitated microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Africa collecting deposits equivalent to USD 16 million through 2014 from 600,000 youth, roughly evenly divided between young men and women.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced that it will syndicate a loan of USD 135 million to Vicentin, an Argentinian agribusiness company, to support its export business.
Earlier this year, the government of Ecuador launched Sistema de Dinero Electrónico, a government-owned digital cash system that allows individuals to exchange cash for digital money, which can be stored on mobile phones to pay for goods and services such as taxi fares.
Event Name: Foromic 2015: The Future of Financial Inclusion Forum
Event Date: October 26-28, 2015
Event Location: CasaPiedra Convention Center, Santiago, Chile
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a US-based multilateral finance institution that operates in Latin America and the Caribbean, recently approved a loan of USD 10 million to Vision Banco, a microfinance institution (MFI) in Paraguay.
During August 2015, Austrian asset manager C-Quadrat Asset Management issued loans worth the equivalent of USD 7 million via its two Vision Microfinance funds to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Nigeria and India.
The government of Peru recently enacted a National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) after consultation with the World Bank Group (WBG), a multilateral development organization that aims to improve living standards in developing countries.
The United Nations recently released the final version of, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” highlighting 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) with 169 associated targets intended to eradicate poverty by the year 2030.
Published by the Global System for Mobile Association; May 2015; 29 pages; available at: http://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/mobile-financial-services-in-lac
This report, published by the London-based Global Systems for Mobile Association (GSMA), provides an overview of the state of mobile financial services in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced that it will disburse a loan of USD 10 million to Hattha Kaksekar Limited (HKL), a microfinance institution (MFI) in Cambodia.
During July 2015, Austrian asset manager C-Quadrat Asset Management issued loans worth USD 6 million via its two Vision Microfinance funds to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia, India, Mongolia and Nicaragua.
Symbiotics, a Switzerland-based for-profit investment intermediary, recently issued bonds for Coopeservidores, a Costa Rican savings and credit cooperative, in the amount of USD 12.5 million; Fusion Microfinance, an Indian microfinance institution (MFI), in the amount of USD 7 million; and Suryoday Microfinance Private Limited (Suryoday), another Indian MFI, in the amount of USD 6.8 million.
Consorcio de Asistencia al Microemprendedor (CAMESA), a Mexico-based, deposit-taking microfinance institution (MFI), recently raised MXN 200 million (USD 13 million) through its first bond issuance to support the expansion of its lending services.
Two microfinance investment vehicles, Triodos Microfinance Fund and Triodos Fair Share Fund, recently made a debt investment of unspecified amount in Promerica Financial Corporation (Promerica Group), a commercial bank based in Nicaragua. Triodos Investment Management, a subsidiary of Triodos Bank of the Netherlands, manages both funds. Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO), the Dutch development bank; and Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), a German development bank, also participated in the investment with unspecified amounts of debt finance.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced an agreement to provide a loan of USD 50 million to Banco Continental, a commercial bank established in Paraguay in 1980.
The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) Group, has announced that it is accepting applications for the 2015 Inter-American Awards for Financial and Entrepreneurial Innovation, which is intended to recognize the achievements of institutions that support financial inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean.
During May 2015, Viennese asset manager C-Quadrat Asset Management USD 6 million worth of credits via the two Vision Microfinance funds to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Armenia, Colombia, Georgia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Tajikistan and Paraguay. Of this total, C-Quadrat Asset Management invested USD 500,000 in the microfinance institution based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Founded in 2001, this institution targets micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and provides services to approximately 3,200 clients.