Category: South Asia, East Asia and Pacific

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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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Singapore Totalisator Board, POSBank, Social Enterprise Hub Launch $4m MicroCredit Business Scheme (MCBS)

With seed capital of SGD 5 million (USD 3.96 million) from the Singapore Totalisator Board, a quasi-governmental gaming commission also known as the Tote Board, POSBank (POSB), a commercial bank in Singapore, and Social Enterprise Hub, an incubator of social enterprises in Singapore, have launched the MicroCredit Business Scheme (MCBS) to provide loans to citizens of Singapore with annual incomes lower than SGD 30,000 (USD 23,800). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: United Bank Limited, Rural Impulse Fund II, ResponsAbility Global Microfinance Fund, Shorecap II, ASN-Novib Acquire 67% of Pakistani Microfinance Institution Khushhali

A consortium led by United Bank Limited (UBL), a Pakistani commercial bank with total assets of PKR 747 billion (USD 8.2 billion) as of December 2010 [2], reportedly has been selected as the highest bidder for 67.4 percent of the shares of Pakistani microfinance institution Khushhali Bank Limited, whose gross loan portfolio stood at USD 43.5 million as of December 31, 2010 [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Portfolio of Commercial Indonesian Bank CIMB Niaga Triples to $132m

Commerce International Merchant Bankers Niaga (CIMB Niaga), an Indonesian commercial bank, saw its microloan portfolio increase 352 percent from IDR 272 billion (USD 29.9 million) last year to IDR 1.2 trillion (USD 132 million) as it introduced unspecified new products and additional branches in Java, Sumatra, Bali, Kalimantan and Sulawesi. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC), KfW Bankengruppe, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to Invest $100m in Micro Finance Initiative for Asia (MIFA)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, reportedly plans to set up the Micro Finance Initiative for Asia (MIFA), a Luxembourg-based USD 100 million microfinance debt fund. Continue reading

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