Category: South Asia, East Asia and Pacific

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Micro Pension Foundation, Invest India Micro Pension Services, Visa Partner to Promote Savings by Low-Income Households in India

Micro Pension Foundation, an Indian nonprofit that helps low-income households gain access to microsavings products, and Visa Incorporated, a US-based payments technology company, reportedly are partnering to establish the “Micro Pension Financial Inclusion Lab” [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Makes $3m Equity Investment in Bina Usaha Keluarga (BUK) of Indonesia, Seeking to Triple Female Clients of Microfinance Institution Mitra Bisnis Keluarga Ventura (MBK)

Bina Usaha Keluarga (BUK), the Indonesia-based controlling shareholder of Mitra Bisnis Keluarga Ventura (MBK), a microfinance institution (MFI) in the same country, recently received an equity infusion of IDR 34.3 billion (USD 3 million) from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a US-based international financial institution and a member of the US-based World Bank Group, to triple the number of female clients of MBK. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “The International Bank of Bob,” by Bob Harris; published by Walker Publishing

“The International Bank of Bob;” by Bob Harris; published by the Walker Publishing Company, Inc.; March 2013; 400 pages, http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-international-bank-of-bob-9781620405222/

This book stems from the moment that US-based author Bob Harris met a group of South Asian day laborers while on assignment for ForbesTraveler.com in Dubai. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL EVENT: Access Development Services Hosts Microfinance India Summit 2013, December 9-10; Livelihoods India Conference 2013 December 11-12, 2013

Event Name: Microfinance India Summit 2013, Livelihoods India Conference

Event Date: December 9-10, December 11-12

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bagan Capital’s BC Finance Launches Microfinance Services in Myanmar

BC Finance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-based private equity and advisory group Bagan Capital, recently launched its microfinance operations in Myanmar with the start of lending services in Bago, a region near the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: SKS Microfinance of India Completes $50m Securitization

SKS Microfinance, an Indian microfinance institution (MFI), recently completed a securitization deal worth INR 3.21 billion (USD 50 million), selling microloan receivables to an undisclosed public-sector bank [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Aavishkaar Goodwell Invests $6m in Electronic Payment Services (EPS); 4,500 ATMs Planned for Rural India

Aavishkaar Goodwell, an Indian-Dutch joint venture that invests in development projects, reportedly has invested an additional INR 360 million (USD 6 million) in Electronic Payment Services (EPS), an India-based company that provides electronic payment systems to merchants in Asia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Hatton National Bank of Sri Lanka to Establish Microfinance Subsidiary

Hatton National Bank (HNB), a private commercial bank in Sri Lanka, has received approval from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, the nation’s central banking authority, to establish a subsidiary that will manage HNB’s existing microfinance operations and “smallholder” agricultural finance services [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Aavishkaar Goodwell, Asia Pragati Invest $3.4m in Swarna Pragati Housing Microfinance in India

Aavishkaar Goodwell, an Indian-Dutch joint venture that invests in development projects, and Asia Pragati, an India-based non-banking financial company (NBFC) owned by Hong Kong-based Pacific Alliance Group (PAG), reportedly have invested a total of INR 210 million (USD 3.4 million) in Swarna Pragati Housing Microfinance, an Indian microfinance institution (MFI) that partners with local MFIs to provide housing loans in the country [1]. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “A Microcredit Crisis Averted: The Case of Bangladesh,” by Greg Chen and Stuart Rutherford, Published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor)

“A Microcredit Crisis Averted: The Case of Bangladesh,” by Greg Chen and Stuart Rutherford, Published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), July 2013, 20 pages, http://www.cgap.org/sites/default/files/Focus-Note-A-Microcredit-Crisis-Averted-July-2013.pdf Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Cambodia Post Bank Opens, Targets Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The Cambodia Post Bank, a new commercial bank in Cambodia, recently opened for business and allegedly will focus on providing loans between USD 300 and USD 250,000 to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) Distributes $675k Loan to Cambodian MFI Chamroeun,Takes 20% Stake and Gives Funding to Senegalese Senegalaise des Filieres Alimentaires SA (SFA)

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based financial service provider for microfinance institutions (MFIs) and social business projects, recently reported to MicroCapital that it has distributed the second tranche of a three-year loan of EUR 500,000 (USD 675,000) to Chamroeun, a Cambodian MFI that offers savings, loans and microinsurance [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bangladeshi Grameen Bank to Be Placed Under Jurisdiction of Bangladesh Bank

The Bangladeshi government reportedly has decided to place the Grameen Bank, a Bangladeshi microfinance institution (MFI), under the direct control of the Bangladesh Bank, the country’s central bank, allegedly in order to “better monitor” the microcredit organization [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Micro Housing Finance Corporation (MHFC) Raises $5.6m in Equity from Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, India Financial Inclusion Fund, Unilazer Ventures

The Micro Housing Finance Corporation (MHFC), an India-based finance company that provides housing loans of up to INR 500,000 (USD 8,040), recently announced that it has raised INR 35 million (USD 5.62 million) in equity. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indonesia’s Otoritas Jasa Keuangan to Regulate Microfinance Institutions Beginning in 2015

Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK), an agency of the Indonesia government that regulates the financial services sector, has announced that it will take over the role of regulating microfinance institutions (MFIs) from Bank Indonesia, the central bank of Indonesia, in 2015. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: UK-Based Standard Chartered Bank Loans $1.8m to Asa Philippines Foundation

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), a UK-based financial services company, reportedly has extended a loan of PHP 80 million (USD 1.8 million) to Asa Philippines Foundation (Asa), a Manila-based provider of loans, savings, insurance, business development training and academic scholarships for clients and their children in the Philippines. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Former JP Morgan Asset Management Chairman Unveils $40m Impact Investment Fund, Charioteer-Fund I, to Support Skill Development, Microenterprises in India

Krishnamurthy Vijayan, the former executive chairman of JP Morgan Asset Management India, a Mumbai-based subsidiary of international investment and commercial bank JP Morgan Chase, reportedly has created Charioteer Fund-I, an INR 2.5 billion (USD 40 million) impact investment fund that will seek to place with investments in 25 ventures. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: 9th Annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Participants Commit to Advancing 15,000 Women-owned Businesses by 2018

The 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an annual meeting that brings together global leaders in an effort to address international problems, was held September 23-26 and focused on ways that CGI members can mobilize people to action to solve world problems [1]. Continue reading

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