Category: South Asia, East Asia and Pacific

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Invests $2.6m in First MicroFinance Bank Limited-Pakistan (FMFB-P)

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a development institution of the Japanese government, has signed a subscription agreement with the First MicroFinance Bank Limited-Pakistan (FMFB-P) to invest PKR 240 million (USD 2.6 million) in the microbank to assist in FMFB-P’s expansion of microfinance operations in Pakistan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s SKS Microfinance Completes Securitization Deal Totaling $63m

SKS Microfinance Limited (SKS), a non-banking finance company (NBFC) regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), reportedly has raised INR 321 crore (USD 63 million) from four undisclosed banks “by selling securities backed by pools of loans to woman borrowers outside its home state of Andhra Pradesh.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: GABV Report: Microfinance Institutions, “Values-Based” Banks Stronger than Mainstream Banks

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), a nonprofit network of 15 “values-based” banks, released a report it commissioned at its recent annual conference in the Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia, suggesting that values-based banks (VBBs), banks that prioritize social progress, are financially stronger than mainstream banks. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Islamic Microfinance Loan Activity in Bangladesh Grows to $565m, 450k Borrowers

The Bangladesh Bank (BB), the central bank of the country, has announced that Islamic microfinance loan activity in Bangladesh has increased from BDT 282 crore (USD 34.5 million) in 2009 to BDT 4,620 crore (USD 565 million) in December 2011, representing an increase from 0.93 percent to 8.38 percent of total Islamic financing. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Peru as a Model for Microfinance Regulation; M-Pesa Mobile Banking E-book; and Geographic Analysis of Thai Enterprise

“Research Insight: Peru – Model Market for Microfinance;” by Christian Etzensperger; published by responsAbility Social Investments; March 2012; 9 pages; available at: www.responsability.com/domains/responsability_ch/data/free_docs/Research_Insight_Acces_to_Finance_in_Peru_EN.pdf Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: France’s Groupe de Recherche et d’Échanges Technologies (GRET) Launches Health Microinsurance Pilot Project for Cambodian Garment Workers

French NGO Groupe de Recherche et d’Echanges Technologies (GRET), funded by the French Government’s Agence Francaise de Developpement, is piloting the Health Insurance Project (HIP), a program in Cambodia aimed at funding basic health care services for rural garment workers, reducing their vulnerability to unforeseen risks. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s SKS Microfinance Responds To Associated Press Article on Suicides in Andhra Pradesh, Calls Allegations “Baseless”

In reference to the report ‘Lender’s own probe links it to suicides,’ by US-based news service Associated Press (AP), Indian microlender SKS Microfinance, has issued a statement expressing that the allegations that its lending practices may have contributed to customer suicides are “baseless” and simply re-state earlier allegations from 1.5 years prior. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) Guarantees Half of $2.7m From Standard Chartered Bank to Mitra Bisnis Keluarga (MBK) Ventura of Indonesia

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), which was founded in Luxembourg by French bank Credit Agricole and Grameen Trust of Bangladesh, has reported to MicroCapital that it has issued an IDR 12.5 billion (USD 1.4 million) guarantee to Mitra Bisnis Keluarga (MBK) Ventura, an Indonesian microfinance institution (MFI), via a stand-by letter of credit through Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Banking (CA-CIB), the investment banking arm of Credit Agricole Group. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: responsAbility Lends $1.8m to Cambodian Microfinance Companies Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea, Thaneakea Phum (Cambodia) Limited

Switzerland’s responsAbility Social Investments AG recently reported to MicroCapital that it has made local-curency loans equivalent to USD 1.8 million to Cambodian microfinance companies Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea (AMK) and Thaneakea Phum (Cambodia) Limited. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Electronic Network Cash Tellers (ENCASH) Raises $2.56m from Funds Managed by Incofin, responsAbility to Deploy ATMs in the Philippines

Rural Impulse Funds II SA and responsAbility Ventures I, funds managed by Belgium’s Incofin Investment Management and Switzerland’s responsAbility Social Investments AG, respectively, recently infused a total of USD 2.56 million in equity capital into Electronic Network Cash Tellers Incorporated (ENCASH), a Philippines-based automatic teller machine (ATM) distributor [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) Requires SKS Microfinance to Lend Only Outside Andhra Pradesh

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), a governmental loan wholesaler to microfinance institutions (MFIs) in India, has reportedly required that SKS Microfinance Limited (SKS), an Indian MFI, use proceeds of a recent SIDBI loan for on-lending outside of the state of Andhra Pradesh [1]. Continue reading

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