Janalakshmi Financial Services, a Bangalore-based microfinance institution (MFI) that offers lending and insurance services to low-income households in India, recently announced that it had raised a total of INR 1.77 billion (approximately USD 27.7 million) through the issuance of non-convertible debentures (NCDs) and an unsecured term loan.
The Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Bank, an Indian public-sector financial institution that provides subsidized loans to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and non-banking financial institutions, recently announced that it had disbursed loans totalling INR 620 million (approximately USD 9.3 million) to MFIs in India.
The Philippine Senate has recently passed Senate Bill 2752, also called the Microfinance NGOs Act, which directs the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), an agency of the Philippine government regulating the securities market in an effort to promote economic efficiency, to establish the Microfinance Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Regulatory Council.  Continue reading
Ujjivan Financial Services Private Limited, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Bangalore, India, recently announced that it has raised INR 500 million (approximately USD 7.85 million) from United Trust of India (UTI), a mutual fund company based in Mumbai, India, through the issuance of secured, non-convertible debentures (NCDs).
Apis Partners, a London-based private equity firm, has raised USD 157 million in investments for the Apis Growth Fund that it launched in 2014 to target technology firms working in payments, savings, investments, credit and insurance in Africa and South Asia. Continue reading
Qualcomm, a US-based semiconductor and telecommunications company, recently announced a collaboration with Project Concern International (PCI) India, a New Delhi-based branch of the US-based non-governmental organization PCI; Planned Social Concern (PSC), a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Jaipur, India; and Microware Computing & Consulting, an Indian telecommunications and software company. Continue reading
Commercial banks including Thailand’s Kiatnakin Bank and Siam Commercial Bank (SCB); India’s Tamilnad Mercantile Bank (TMB); and the Netherlands’ ING Bank, recently announced the disbursement of a syndicated loan of USD 65 million to Cambodian microfinance institution (MFI) Prasac Microfinance Limited. Continue reading
Event Name: Global Payment Summit 2015
Event Date: August 26-27, 2015
Event Location: Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore Continue reading
Event Name: 5th Global Islamic Microfinance Forum
Event Dates: Conference: November 24-25, 2015; Post-conference workshop: November 26-27, 2015 Continue reading
The United Nations recently released the final version of, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” highlighting 17 sustainable development goals with 169 associated targets intended to eradicate poverty by the year 2030. Continue reading
The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) recently announced that it has set up a fund with INR 10 billion (USD 154 million) to provide concessional financing to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the manufacturing sector. As per a statement released by SIDBI, the objective of the fund is to transform the Indian MSME sector into a “world class manufacturing hub” in line with the Indian government’s “make in India” program. Continue reading
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the central banking authority of the country, recently established a 14-member committee with the objective of implementing a five-year action plan for financial inclusion. Continue reading
The Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Bank, an Indian financial services company, reportedly has introduced micro automatic teller machines (ATMs) in rural India to improve access to banking services in underserved areas of the country. Continue reading
The Indonesian government intends to disburse IDR 30 trillion (USD 2.2 billion) in small business loans under its Kredit Usaha Rakyat (KUR) program, which is intended to provide credit to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and cooperatives. Continue reading
FINCA Microfinance Bank (formerly FINCA Tanzania), an affiliate of nonprofit microfinance network FINCA International, has announced a partnership with Bharti Airtel, an Indian telecommunications company, aiming to provide mobile banking microfinance services to FINCA’s clients in Tanzania. Continue reading
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the country’s central bank, recently issued a nationwide microfinance banking license to Apna Microfinance Bank (Apna MFB) thereby enhancing its status from that of a district-based bank. This license permits Apna MFB to expand its operations outside the city of Karachi, Pakistan, where it operates five branches. Continue reading
The European Investment Bank (EIB), the long-term lending bank of the European Union, has introduced the Pacific Microfinance Facility, a program that aims to support community projects and micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) in the Pacific region . Continue reading