Category: South Asia, East Asia and Pacific

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Perhimpunan Baitul Maal wat Tamwil Indonesia Implements Islamic Financial Empowerment Program Including Grants, Subsidized Loans, Market-Rate Credit

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

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Loans $13m to Krygyzstan’s Optima Bank for On-lending to Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

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.

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC to Advise Government of Myanmar on Regulation; Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs); Financial Inclusion; Microfinance

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

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Thailand’s JMT Network Services Establishes JP Finance Co Ltd to Offer Microfinance in Myanmar

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

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Asian Development Bank (ADB) to Finance a Loan Program of $400m to Promote Financial Inclusion in Indonesia

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

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: C-Quadrat Asset Management’s Vision Microfinance Funds Loan $7m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Nigeria, India

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

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) of India Advises Members to Reduce Interest Rates

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” [1] by the end of September 2015. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFMR Holdings Raises $25m from Accion, LeapFrog, Lok Capital to Accelerate Financial Inclusion in India

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

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian Microfinance Institution (MFI) Janalakshmi Raises $23.5m through Non-Convertible Debentures, Borrows $4.2m from IFMR Capital

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.

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Bank Loans $9.3m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Arohan,  Belstar, Equitas, Margdarshak, Sonata

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.

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to Establish Microfinance NGO Regulatory Council

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. [1] Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s Ujjivan Financial Services Raises $7.85m from Mutual Funds for On-Lending To Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

 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).

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Private Equity Fund, Apis Partners, Raises $157m for Financial Technology Startups in Africa, South Asia

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

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Qualcomm, Project Concern International (PCI) India, Microware Computing & Consulting Partner to Offer 3G-based Mobile Microfinance Technology for Microfinance Institution Planned Social Concern

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

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Thailand’s Kiatnakin Bank, Siam Commercial Bank; India’s Tamilnad Mercantile Bank; ING Bank of the Netherlands Participate in $65m Syndicated Loan to Microfinance Institution (MFI) Prasac to Encourage Growth of Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Rural Cambodia

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.

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: AlHuda Center of Islamic Banking and Economics to Host 5th Global Islamic Microfinance Forum, November 24-25, 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Event Name: 5th Global Islamic Microfinance Forum

Event Dates: Conference: November 24-25, 2015; Post-conference workshop: November 26-27, 2015 Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: United Nations Announces Goals of “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

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

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