Perhimpunan Baitul Maal wat Tamwil (BMT) Indonesia, a financial cooperative coordinating 150 of Indonesia’s microfinance institutions that employ the BMT model of Islamic finance, has implemented a three-stage financial empowerment program that aims to benefit low-income individuals in the country. Continue reading
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral investment institution headquarted in London, England, recently announced that it will loan the local-currency equivalent of USD 13 million to Optima Bank, a commercial bank headquartered in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that aims to increase economic growth in developing countries, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Commerce of Myanmar. Continue reading
JMT Network Services Public Company Limited, a debt collector and loan provider in Thailand under Jay Mart Public Company Limited, recently announced that the organization and unnamed partners aim to establish a joint venture, JP Finance Co Ltd. Continue reading
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), a Philippines-based multilateral development finance institution, has committed to loaning USD 400 million toward its Financial Market Development and Inclusion Program (FMDIP) for Indonesia. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
The Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), a trade organization composed of 47 Indian microlenders, has advised its members to reduce their interest rates voluntarily by “at least 25 basis points”  by the end of September 2015. Continue reading
IFMR Holdings, an arm of Indian nonprofit IFMR Trust, recently raised USD 25 million from Accion, a US-based nonprofit organization; LeapFrog Investments, a for-profit private equity fund based in Mauritius; and Lok Capital, an India-based microfinance investment vehicle. Continue reading
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.
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 (SDGs) with 169 associated targets intended to eradicate poverty by the year 2030. Continue reading