SKS Microfinance, a for-profit Indian microfinance institution (MFI), reportedly has securitized receivables worth INR 630 million (USD 11.6 million) and sold the package to an undisclosed bank.
Khan Bank, a Mongolian provider of microfinance and other services, recently installed three drive-through automated teller machines in the city of Ulaanbaatar.
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), the insurance regulator of India, recently issued Indian microfinance institution (MFI) SKS Microfinance a fine of INR 5 million (USD 91,800) for collecting corporate insurance agent fees beyond the premium price.
Representatives of the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), the country’s central bank; the Rural Microfinance Development Center (RMDC), an organization owned by Nepalese lenders that provides wholesale loans to microfinance institutions (MFIs); and the Center for Microfinance (CMF) Nepal, a nonprofit network dedicated to promoting the country’s microfinance industry, reportedly have urged MFIs to lower microloan interest rates, claiming that a desire for greater profits is hindering financial inclusion.
In response to the February 2013 ruling from the High Court of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh that upheld the Andhra Pradesh Microfinance Institution Act, 2010, SKS Microfinance, an Indian for-profit microfinance institution, and other unspecified microlenders reportedly may challenge the decision in the Country’s Supreme Court.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central bank, reportedly has refused to remove the 26-percent interest rate cap on loans disbursed by microfinance institutions (MFIs) or to alter margin caps for individual loans to borrowers, despite opposition from within the sector.
According to the Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), an association of Indian microfinance institutions (MFIs), 41 of its 47 member MFIs disbursed loans totaling INR 61.9 billion (USD 1.1 billion) in the October-December quarter of 2012, an increase of approximately 22 percent from the INR 50.9 billion (USD 926 million) during the previous quarter.
The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Bank, a non-governmental organization that provides lending and voluntary savings for poor and landless women in the Philippines, reportedly has partnered with the Social Security System (SSS) of the Philippines, a government-run social insurance program that provides retirement and health benefits, in an effort to extend the program’s outreach to workers in the Philippines’ informal sector.
MNepal, a Nepalese firm, reportedly has launched a mobile financial services platform offering the following products: mobile banking, mobile wallet functions, remittances and payments.
By Michael J. McCord; published by the Microfinance Centre for Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States, the Microinsurance Centre and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); 2012; 124 pages; available at: http://www.ifad.org/ruralfinance/wrmf/manual.pdf
In this manual, Mr. McCord proposes a “systematic new-product development process” for the microinsurance market.
7-Eleven, a convenience store subsidiary of Japan-based retail group Seven and I Holdings, reportedly has been licensed to sell microinsurance policies in Thailand.
According to data attributed to the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA), a nongovernment organization established in 2004 to promote Cambodia’s microfinance sector, the value of microloans disbursed by its 32 members increased approximately 38 percent to USD 890 million and total deposits increased 144 percent to USD 280 million from 2011 to 2012.
Governor Yuba Raj Khatiwada of the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), the central banking authority of the country, reportedly expressed concern that “the growing tendency of lending money to people who have already taken a loan from other financial institutions might expose the microfinance sector to risk.”
The High Court of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh reportedly ruled to uphold the Andhra Pradesh Microfinance Institutions (Regulation of Money Lending) Act, 2010, despite petitions brought by Indian microlender SKS Microfinance and other microfinance institutions (MFIs) seeking to have the law repealed.
Westpac Banking Corporation, a multinational financial services group based in Australia, reportedly has announced that approximately 4,700 Fijians attended its financial literacy workshops in December 2012.
Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank (APGVB), a government-owned financial institution in India, reportedly has opened 125 ultra-small branches (USBs) in Andhra Pradesh.
Malaysia’s Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (MDTCC) reportedly has announced that for the month of January 2013 approximately 31,000 hawkers and small traders had applied to borrow MYR 9.71 million (USD 3.14 million) through the government’s new microcredit scheme.
By Eric Duflos, Paul Luchtenburg, Li Ren and Li Yan Chen, published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) and International Finance Corporation, January 2013, 43 pages, available at: http://www1.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/d87bf8804e5aba9bad7dadfce4951bf6/Microfinance+in+Myanmar+Sector+Assessment-Final.pdf?MOD=AJPERES
This joint CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) report reviews the current state of Myanmar’s microfinance sector and the challenges involved with its future development.