Category: South Asia, East Asia and Pacific

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATON ROUND-UP: Drivers of Over-Indebtedness in Cambodia, Accelerating Impact Investing, Mobile Banking in Tanzania

“Study on the Drivers of Over-Indebtedness of Microfinance Borrowers in Cambodia: An In-depth Investigation of Saturated Areas;” by Dannet Liv; published by BlueOrchard Microfinance Investment Management, Incofin Investment Management, Oikocredit; March 2013; 83 pages; available at:

This report presents an analysis of the factors that drive microfinance borrowers in Cambodia to take on excessive levels of debt. Continue reading


MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation Places $22m Equity Investment In Ratnakar Bank of India

The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, has made an equity investment of USD 22 million in Ratnakar Bank, a private commercial bank in India, to promote Ratnakar’s efforts to increase access to finance for women in rural areas and agricultural micro-, small and medium-sized businesses, and is reportedly part of INR 3.2 billion (USD 59.3 million) in equity raised by Ratnakar through the issuance of 30 million new shares since January 2013. Continue reading


MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Muthoot Fincorp of India to Offer $19m in Non-Convertible Debentures to Fund Continued Diversification from Gold Loans to Microfinance

Muthoot Fincorp Limited, an Indian non-banking finance company (NBFC), recently announced plans to sell INR 1 billion (USD 18.6 million) in non-convertible debentures (NCBs) to fund its expansion into the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and microfinance as a means of diversifying away from gold loans. Continue reading


MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) of India Expands Allowable Microinsurance Agent Entity Types

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), the regulatory body of the insurance industry in India, recently issued a circular expanding the types of entities eligible to serve as microinsurance agents and clarifying existing regulations that bar multiple microinsurance agents from employing the same individuals. Continue reading


MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Utkarsh Raises $3.7m in Equity from Aavishkaar Goodwell, International Finance Corporation, Norwegian Microfinance Initiative

Utkarsh Micro Finance Private Limited (Utkarsh), an Indian microfinance institution (MFI), reportedly has received an INR 200 million (USD 3.7 million) equity investment from Norwegian Microfinance Initiative (NMI) Frontier Fund, which provides technical and financial support to “emerging” microfinance institutions under the management of the public-private partnership NMI; Aavishkaar Goodwell India Microfinance Development Company (AG), an Indo-Dutch for-profit investor in Indian MFIs; and the International Finance Corporation, the private-sector investment arm of the World Bank Group. Continue reading


MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Caspian Advisors Launches $40m Caspian Impact Investments (CII) Fund for Microfinance, Affordable Housing, Agriculture

Caspian Advisors Private Ltd., an Indian investment management and advisory services company specializing in the socially-responsible arena, recently launched the Caspian Impact Investments (CII) fund, which is targeted to raise USD 40 million for projects in the areas of microfinance, small business financing, affordable housing and agriculture. Continue reading


MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Tameer Microfinance, Pakistan Mercantile Exchange to Offer Gold-based Investment Product

Tameer Microfinance Bank Limited (TMFB), a Pakistani organization majority-held by Norwegian telecom Telenor, and Pakistan Mercantile Exchange Limited (PMEX), a Pakistani commodity exchange company owned by six stock exchanges and banks affiliated with the Pakistani government, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to offer a gold-based investment product. Continue reading


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


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

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


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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