Category: South Asia, East Asia and Pacific

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Koota of India Looks to Expand into Housing Microfinance

Grameen Koota, a India-based microfinance division of Grameen Financial Services Private Limited (GFSPL), plans to expand into housing microfinance in areas of rural India that have limited microfinance institution (MFI) penetration. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER-WRAP UP: “The Jipange KuSave Experiment in Kenya;” by Sarah Rotman, David Ferrand, Stephen Rasmussen; published by CGAP

By Sarah Rotman, David Ferrand, Stephen Rasmussen; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); October 2012; 4 pages; available at:http://www.cgap.org/sites/default/files/CGAP-Brief-The-Jipange-KuSave-Experiment-in-Kenya-Oct-2012.pdf Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Analysis of Microfinance Investment Vehicles; Female Microfinance Clients in Pakistan; Life Microinsurance in the Philippines

“The State of Microfinance Investment 2012: MicroRate’s 7th Annual Survey and Analysis of MIVs;” published by MicroRate; October 2012; 17 pages; available at: http://www.microrate.com/downloads/78 Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: China Development Bank, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation Partner on Microcredit

The China Development Bank (CDB), a state-owned lending institution, recently signed an agreement with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), a Chinese  nonprofit organization, to support the foundation’s microcredit projects with a loan of  CNY 1 billion (USD 160 million). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Government Savings Bank of Thailand Expands Microfinance Services in Border Areas

Government Savings Bank (GSB), a government-owned bank providing personal and corporate services in Thailand, reportedly plans to offer new microfinance products and otherwise expand services in advance of the anticipated 2015 launch of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Institution Bai Tushum and Partners of Kyrgyz Republic to Transform to Bank Status

Bai Tushum and Partners, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in the Kyrgyz Republic, reportedly has received permission from the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic, the central bank of the country, to become a bank. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of Sri Lanka Hopes Third Time is Charm for Microfinance Institutions Law

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has reportedly floated a third draft of legislation to regulate microfinance institutions (MFIs) with the intent of ensuring financial stability in the sector. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: responsAbility Social Investments Loans $8m to Prasac of Cambodia, $1m to ASKI of the Philippines

ResponsAbility Social Investments, a for-profit Swiss fund manager, recently disbursed USD 8 million in debt to Prasac, a microfinance institution (MFI) in Cambodia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) to Invest $18m in Equitas Microfinance India, Private Equity Funds Looking to Invest in Indian Microfinance Institutions

The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, reportedly has proposed investing INR 1 billion (USD 18.9 million) in Equitas Microfinance India, an Indian microfinance institution (MFI). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Kenya Women Finance Trust, Samsung to Market Phones, Mobile Banking to Women in Kenya

The Kenya Women Finance Trust – Deposit Taking Microfinance (KWFT-DTM), a subsidiary microfinance institution (MFI) of Kenya Women Holdings, has partnered with South Korea’s Samsung Electronics to market mobile banking to low-income women in Kenya. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Unilever Pakistan, National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) to Provide Microcredit, Business Training to Shop Owners

Unilever Pakistan, a member of the British-Dutch Unilever consumer goods group, and the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), a nonprofit organization providing microcredit to rural Pakistanis, recently agreed to provide entrepreneurial assistance to indigent microentrepreneurs. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Microfinance Microscope 2012; Impact of Financial Access in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Economic Opportunities and Financial Outcomes of Microfinance

Global Microscope on the Microfinance Business Environment 2012;” by the Economist Intelligence Unit; published by The Economist; 72 pages; available at: http://www5.iadb.org/mif/en-us/home/knowledge.aspx?idPublication=64206 Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $19m to Sekerbank of Turkey

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), which is advised by German firm Finance in Motion, recently disbursed a subordinated loan of approximately EUR 15 million (USD 19.4 million) to Turkish commercial bank Sekerbank. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Access Development Services Host Ninth Microfinance India Summit 2012, New Delhi, November 27 – November 28, 2012

Event Name: Ninth Microfinance India Summit 2012

Event Date: November 27- November 28, 2012 Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: At AFI Global Policy Forum, Bangladesh Bank Governor Endorses Financial Inclusion to Boost GDP

Governor Atiur Rahman of Bangladesh Bank, the central bank and industry regulator in Dhaka, has reportedly called for stakeholders in the global finance sector to adopt financial inclusion strategies as a means to enhance gross domestic product (GDP) amidst a weak financial environment [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: LeapFrog Takes 15% Stake in Mahindra Insurance Brokers for $15m in Effort to Boost Impact in Rural India

LeapFrog Investments, a for-profit private equity fund that invests in microinsurance, recently made its second investment in India in the past year by taking a 15-percent equity stake in Mahindra Insurance Brokers Limited (MIBL), an Indian insurance brokerage firm dedicated to serving rural Indians. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Intellecap’s IntelleCash Microfinance Network Purchases 56% Stake in Arohan Financial Services of India

IntelleCash Microfinance Network, a subsidiary of the India-based social-sector advisory firm Intellectual Capital Advisory Services (Intellecap), reportedly has purchased a 56-percent stake in Arohan Financial Services, an Indian microfinance institution (MFI), for INR 520 million (USD 10 million). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Citibank Indonesia, Overseas Private Investment Corporation Share Risk on $18m Loan to Bank Andara to Support Microfinance Institutions

Citibank Indonesia, a branch of US-based financial services conglomerate Citigroup; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a US–based development finance institution; and Bank Andara, an Indonesian company that provides wholesale services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and savings services to individuals, have announced the disbursement of a USD 18.5 million term loan to finance the growth of Bank Andara’s wholesale microfinance lending. Continue reading

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