Category: South Asia, East Asia and Pacific

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian State of Andhra Pradesh, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to Implement Mobile Money Service via Post Offices

According to a statement attributed to Killi Kruparani, India’s minister of state for communications and information technology, a mobile money order service will be available at post offices in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh beginning in October 2013.  Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Social Performance in Nepal, Sharia-Compliant Financial Inclusion, Private Sector Employment

“State of Social Performance in Nepal;” by Mike Krell; published by Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX); March 2013; 10 pages; available at http://www.themix.org/publications/mix-microfinance-world/2013/03/Nepal-development-2013

This report from the US-based nonprofit Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) examines the social performance (SP) of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Nepal. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: China Microfinance Institution Association (CMIA) to Introduce Credit Rating System for Microfinance Institutions As Early As July 2013

The China Microfinance Institution Association (CMIA), an organization that advocates for the interests of 92 domestic member microfinance institutions (MFIs) covering 27 provinces, plans to introduce a credit rating system to evaluate MFIs as early as July.

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Investors Commit $73m to as Yet Unapproved Government-backed India Inclusive Innovation Fund, Target Size is $918m

Undisclosed investors have reportedly committed approximately INR 4 billion (USD 73.4 million) to the India Inclusive Innovation Fund, a government-sponsored fund intended to provide capital to early-stage ventures serving low-income clients. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian Microfinance Institution Satin Creditcare Sells 20% Equity Stake for $8m from Danish Microfinance Partners, MicroVest II, ShoreCap II; Lok Capital Exits

Indian microfinance institution (MFI) Satin Creditcare Network Limited recently raised INR 410 million (USD 7.5 million) by selling a stake of approximately 20 percent to three microfinance investment funds in undisclosed portions: Danish Microfinance Partners K/S (DMP), MicroVest II LP and ShoreCap II Limited. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MoneyGram, Globe Telecom to Offer Remittances at G-Xchange Outlets in the Philippines

MoneyGram, a U.S.-based money transfer company with 310,000 agent locations in 185 countries, reportedly has partnered with G-Xchange Incorporated (GXI), a subsidiary of Philippines-based Globe Telecom, to make funds sent via MoneyGram available to customers of GCash, GXI’s mobile micropayment system, at GXI retail outlets in the Philippines.  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Acquires 15% Stake in National Bank of Vanuatu for $2.2m

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the commercial arm of the World Bank Group, recently paid USD 2.2 million to acquire a 15-percent stake in the National Bank of Vanuatu, a financial institution that offers traditional banking services, microfinance and rural banking services in Vanuatu. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroEnsure to Retail “Triple 10” Microinsurance in the Philippines

MicroEnsure, a UK-based nonprofit microinsurance intermediary, has partnered with Bankers Assurance Corporation, a Filipino for-profit insurance company, and MI Central Corporation, a Filipino marketing and distribution company, to roll out a retail microinsurance product called Triple 10 in the Philippines.  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Government of India’s Andhra Pradesh Moves to Challenge Supreme Court Interim Order as SKS Microfinance Resumes Operations in the State

As Indian microfinance institution (MFI) SKS Microfinance prepares to resume operations in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh under a recent Supreme Court order, the Andhra Pradesh state government is moving to challenge the Supreme Court’s decision. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Lends $5m to Thaneakea Phum Cambodia (TPC) to Expand Housing, Microfinance Loans

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a development finance institution backed by the US government, recently finalized a USD 5 million loan to Thaneakea Phum Cambodia Limited (TPC), a Cambodian microfinance institution (MFI). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Janalakshmi Financial Services (JFS) Partners with Manipal Global to Train JFS Employees

Janalakshmi Financial Services (JFS), an Indian microfinance institution (MFI) focusing on urban areas, and Manipal Global Education Services, a subsidiary of India-based Manipal Education and Medical Group, reportedly have launched the Janalakshmi-Manipal Institute of Financial Inclusion (JMIFI), which offers a three-week training program for newly hired JFS employees.  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: VisionFund International, World Vision Use Microfinance to Supplement RIWASH Clean Water Initiative in Sri Lanka

World Vision International, a US-based Christian humanitarian organization, and its subsidiary VisionFund International, a US-based nonprofit organization, have supplied microfinance loans to 400 families supplement initiatives to increase access to clean water in Sri Lanka. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation Invests $28m in Equity in Bhutan National Bank to Increase Financial Inclusion; Lending to Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has invested USD 28 million in Bhutan National Bank, a publicly owned commercial bank, to increase its lending to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises. Continue reading

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