Category: South Asia, East Asia and Pacific

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Acquires 15% Equity Stake in Myanmar-based Microfinance Institution (MFI) Fullerton Finance for $1.2m

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that aims to increase economic growth in developing countries, recently announced that it has made an equity investment of USD 1.2 million in Fullerton Finance (Myanmar) Company Limited, a microfinance institution (MFI) that lends to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and low-income individuals in Myanmar. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: C-Quadrat’s Vision Microfinance Funds Loan $13m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Ecuador, India, Kenya, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Romania

During November 2015, Austrian asset manager C-Quadrat Asset Management issued loans worth the equivalent of USD 13 million via its two Vision Microfinance funds to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Ecuador, India, Kenya, Mauritius, Nicaragua and Romania. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA) of Bangladesh Regulates Fixed Assets of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

The Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA), a Bangladeshi government authority that oversees the operations of nongovernmental organization (NGO) microfinance institutions (MFIs), reportedly has regulated investments in fixed assets by microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Babyloan, Total Partner to Develop Crowdfunding Platform to Offer Microfinance for Solar Energy Equipment in Africa, Asia, Latin America

Babyloan, a French online microfinance intermediary that works in both developed and developing countries, and Total, a French energy company, recently announced plans to develop a joint crowdfunding platform that will seek to “accelerate access to energy” in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Base of Pyramid Asia (BOPA) Raises Equity Stake in Alliance for Microfinance in Myanmar (AMFIM) from 33% to 49%

Base of Pyramid Asia (BOPA), a Singapore-based equity investor in small microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Asia, recently purchased an additional equity stake of 16-percent in Alliance for Microfinance in Myanmar (AMFIM), a deposit-taking microfinance institution (MFI) that was launched in Myanmar in 2014. Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: How Microinsurance Affected Mongolian Herders Rebuilding After Drought

European Microfinance WeekAt European Microfinance Week yesterday, Veronika Bertram-Hümmer of Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Berlin (the German Institute for Economic Research) and Leibniz Universitat Hannover presented research on how insured and uninsured herders in Mongolia recovered from the 2009-2010 drought that killed 22 percent of the livestock in the country. Insured households received an average payout of USD 312. None used the money to buy livestock, instead opting Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank India (RBI) Eases Microfinance Interest Rate Norm to Allow Cheaper Loans to Members of Scheduled Castes (SC) Earning Less than $2.50 Per Day

The Reserve Bank India (RBI), the nation’s central banking authority, has eased the maximum allowance of a variance of 4 percent between minimum and maximum interest rates on loans by microfinance institutions (MFIs) in order to encourage the provision of cheaper loans to those members of Scheduled Castes (SC), historically disadvantaged people in India, who earn less than double the international poverty line defined by the United Nations (UN) as USD 1.25 per day. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Awards Small Finance Bank Licences to 10 Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the central banking authority of the country, recently has given “in-principle approval”[1] of the requests for Small Finance Bank Licences of the following microfinance institutions (MFIs): Jaipur-based Au Financiers, Jalandhar-based Capital Local Area Bank, Ahmedabad-based Disha Microfin, Chennai-based Equitas, Chennai-based ESAF Microfinance and Investments, Bengaluru-based Janalakshmi Financial Services, Guwahati-based RGVN (North East) Microfinance, Chennai-based Suryoday, Bangalore-based Ujjivan and Varanasi-based Utkarsh. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fidelity Information Services (FIS) Launches “Banking on Demand” Management Information System in India, Targeting Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), Other Small Financial Services Companies

Fidelity Information Services (FIS), a US-based banking and payment technology provider, has launched “Banking on Demand,”[1] a service that uses “shared technology infrastructure”[1] to allow financial services companies to manage their operations without establishing their own banking infrastructure. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Asian Development Bank, Small Farmers Development Bank, Nepalese Government Commit $18m for Reconstruction after Earthquakes in Nepal, Including $7m for Microfinance

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), a multilateral development finance institution based in the Philippines; the Small Farmers Development Bank, a wholesale provider of credit to agricultural cooperatives and microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Nepal; and the Nepalese government reportedly approved a financial assistance package of USD 17.8 million for reconstruction, relief and preparedness for future disasters in Nepal following the earthquakes that hit the country in April and May 2015. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fidelity Information Services (FIS) Establishes Financial Inclusion Lab in India to Promote Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, Access to Financial Services

Fidelity Information Services (FIS), a US-based banking and payment technology provider, has established a Financial Inclusion Lab in Bengaluru, India. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENTS: Inclusive Finance India Summit, December 8-9, 2015; Livelihoods Asia Summit, December 10-11, 2015, New Delhi, India

Event Name: Inclusive Finance India Summit, Livelihoods Asia Summit

Event Date: December 8-9, and December 10-11, 2015, respectively

Event Location: The Ashok and Eros Hotels, New Delhi, India, respectively Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s Sohan Lal Commodity Management Raises $15m from Creation, Everstone for its Agricultural Lender, Kissandhan

Creation Investments Capital Management, which is based in the US city of Chicago, Illinois, recently informed MicroCapital that it and Everstone Capital, an investor with offices in India, Mauritius and Singapore, have invested a total of USD 15 million in equity in Indian agricultural logistics firm Sohan Lal Commodity Management. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Commercial Bank of Ceylon, Ceylinco Insurance, Bima Launch Disability, Accident Microinsurance in Sri Lanka

Two firms based in Sri Lanka, Commercial Bank of Ceylon and Ceylinco Insurance, and Bima, a Sweden-based microinsurance service provider, recently launched an insurance program to protect microborrowers against permanent disability and accidental death. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Cantilan Bank of the Philippines Wins $55k Giordano Dell’Amore Microfinance Best Practices Award for Value Chain Proposal

Cantilan Bank, a Philippine provider of microfinance and other financial services, recently won the “Microfinance Best Practices International Award” from Italy’s Giordano Dell’Amore Foundation for the bank’s “Pag-uma and Value Chain Financing” proposal, which includes a “gender-sensitive approach” to providing individual and group loans for small-scale farmers. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Base of the Pyramid Asia (BOPA) of Singapore Invests $1m in Convertible Debt into Cambodian Microfinance Institution (MFI) Chamroeun

Base of the Pyramid Asia (BOPA), a Singapore-based equity investor in small Asian microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently reported to MicroCapital that it has disbursed USD 1 million in subordinated, convertible debt to Cambodian MFI Chamroeun Microfinance Limited. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Singapore Management University, MasterCard Partner Academic Program on Social, Financial Inclusion

MasterCard, a US-based payments and technology company, recently formed a partnership with Singapore Management University (SMU) to establish an academic program on “Social and Financial Inclusion”[1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Appoints Nepal’s White Lotus Centre to Manage Business Oxygen Private Equity Fund to Invest in Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that aims to support economic growth in developing countries, recently announced that it has appointed White Lotus Centre Private Limited, a Nepalese advisory firm which specializes in “private sector development, public communications and project management”[2], as the fund manager for Business Oxygen, a private equity fund in Nepal that was founded in 2012. Continue reading

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