Category: South Asia, East Asia and Pacific

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Lok Capital, Creation Investments Invest Total of $13m in Indian Microfinance Institution Equitas Holdings

Two institutional investors, Lok Capital LLC (Lok Capital), a Mauritius-based investment vehicle, and Creation Investments Capital Management Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) (Creation Investments), a US-based alternative investment management company, reportedly have invested a cumulative sum of INR 800 million (USD 13.7 million) in Equitas Holdings Private Limited (Equitas), a Chennai-based microfinance institution (MFI). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Amret Receives $10m Loan from Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau Entwicklungsbank (KfW) for Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Cambodia

Amret Microfinance, a Cambodian microfinance institution (MFI), reportedly has borrowed USD 10 million from German development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) for the purpose of expanding Amret’s financing for small businesses in Cambodia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Vodafone, ICICI Bank of India Launch Mobile Payments of Government Health Care Subsidies via M-Pesa

Vodafone Group Private Limited Corporation, a British mobile network operator, and ICICI Bank, a commercial bank in India, reportedly have launched a pilot service to deliver subsidies to individuals via M-Pesa, a mobile-money system developed by Vodafone from Janani Suraksha Yojna, a government scheme to decrease neo-natal and maternal deaths by providing delivery and post-delivery care. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: First Gulf Bank, Monitise to Launch Mobile Banking Services in Middle East

First Gulf Bank (FGB), a commercial bank based in the United Arab Emirates, and Monitise, a UK-based facilitator of mobile money services, reportedly have announced a partnership to offer unspecified “new mobile banking services to clients in the Middle East”[1]. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Over-indebtedness in Mexico; Achieving Customer Centricity; Managing Over-indebtedness

“Over-Indebtedness in Mexico: Its Effect on Borrowers;” published by Microfinance CEO Working Group; May 2014; 32 pages; available at http://microfinanceceoworkinggroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Over-Indebtedness-in-Mexico-Its-Effect-on-Borrowers-552014.pdf

This report cautions lending institutions in Mexico about rising levels of over-indebtedness – meaning more borrowers cannot reasonably repay their debts – which can threaten the financial system as well as the economic outlook of low-income individuals. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: State Bank of India Names Reliance Money Infrastructure a Business Correspondent

The State Bank of India (SBI), an Indian state-owned financial services company, reportedly has finalized an agreement with Mumbai-based Reliance Money Infrastructure Limited (RMIL), a service provider to banks, under which RMIL will take on some of SBI’s transactions as a business correspondent[1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Philippines’ Government Announces $46m Fund to Support Microentrepreneurs Affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) of the Philippines, a government body that allocates government resources with the intent of promoting the socio-economic development of the country, has announced that it will establish a Credit Support Fund (CSF) of PHP 2 billion (USD 45.7 million) to aid microentrepreneurs through the provision of microfinance in regions that are recovering from the effects of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that affected the country in 2013 [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Advans Pakistan Microfinance Bank, MicroEnsure, EFU Life to Cover Loan Payments in Case of Sickness, Disability, Death, Death of Spouse

Advans Pakistan Microfinance Bank, a member of the Advans SA group that offers financial services to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Pakistan, has joined with MicroEnsure Pakistan, a subsidiary of the UK-based MicroEnsure insurance agency, and Eastern Federal Union Life, a private-sector life insurance company in Pakistan, to introduce “Enhanced Credit Cover” for its borrowers. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Lok Capital Sextuples Investment With Partial Exit from Indian “Socio-commercial” Outsourcing Firm RuralShores

Lok Capital (Lok), a Mauritius-based venture fund focused on the microfinance and social business sectors in India, reportedly has sold part of its equity stake in RuralShores Business Services, an India-based company offering business process outsourcing to public and private clients in the microfinance, banking, insurance, telecom and information technology sectors. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Dynamic Effects of Microcredit in Bangladesh,” Published by the Development Research Group of the World Bank

“Dynamic Effects of Microcredit in Bangladesh,” by Shahidur R. Khandker and Hussain A. Samad, published by The World Bank, March 2014, 50 pages, available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2417519

Microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Bangladesh have experienced rapid growth over the past two decades and in 2008 disbursed approximately USD 1.8 billion to approximately 30 million clients. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Responsible Equity Exits in Microfinance; Greenfield Microfinance Models in Africa; Mobile Financial Services Usage Among Rural Women in India, Philippines

“The Art of the Responsible Exit in Microfinance Equity Sales;” by Daniel Rozas, Deborah Drake, Estelle Lahaye, Katharine McKee and Danielle Piskadlo; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); April 2014; 32 pages; available at http://www.cgap.org/sites/default/files/Forum-Art-of-the-Responsible-Exit-April-2014.pdf

This paper explores how microfinance investment intermediaries (MIIs) and development finance institutions (DFIs) can exit responsibly from microfinance institutions (MFIs) in which they have invested equity as well as how investors can contribute to healthy development of the overall market. The authors conducted six case studies and interviewed representatives from MIIs, nongovernmental organizations, DFIs, MFIs and merger-and-acquisition specialists. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Akhuwat, MyBiz Pakistan Launch Incubation Centre to Support Growth of Microenterprises in Pakistan

Akhuwat, a Pakistan-based nonprofit microfinance institution (MFI), in collaboration with MyBiz Pakistan, a nonprofit initiative that provides business advisory services and seed-stage financing for small businesses, recently launched the MyBiz Incubation Centre (MyBiz Incubation), a program that aims to develop microenterprises in the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Yes Bank’s Sampann, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Bank Use “Doorstep” Banking in Rural India

Two private commercial banks based in the Indian city of Mumbai, Yes Bank and the Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Bank, reportedly have started using “doorstep” banking in rural India to reach more customers by offering services such as credit, savings and insurance at customers’ homes. Continue reading

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