Grupo Accion Comunitaria del Peru (ACP), a Peruvian nonprofit holding company that is the majority shareholder of Peruvian microfinance institution (MFI) Mibanco, recently breached a covenant on a 10-year USD 85 million corporate bond due in 2021, resulting in a downgrade of its credit rating by Fitch, a US-based rating agency. Continue Reading »
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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Owner of Mibanco, Grupo Accion Comunitaria del Peru (ACP) Breaches Debt Covenant; Entire Peruvian Microfinance Sector Under Strain?
MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Microfinance in Africa: Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs;” by Daniel Schriber; Published by The African Business Review
“Microfinance in Africa: Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs,” by Daniel Schriber, Published by The African Business Review, May-June 2013, http://theafricanbusinessreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/TABR_May-June2013_55-57.pdf Continue Reading »
MICROFINANCE EVENT: Everest Leadership Training “2012 Africa Microfinance Conference On Back To Basics”, April 18 – 20, 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa
Event Name: 2012 Africa Microfinance Conference On Back To Basics
Event Date: April 18 to April 20, 2012
Event Location: Balalaika Protea Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa Continue Reading »
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian Bank Credit to Microfinance Institutions Shrank 21.9% in First 9 Months of 2011
The amount of credit outstanding from Indian banks to the microfinance industry fell from April to December of 2011. Continue Reading »
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Mexican Microfinance Institution (MFI) Banco Compartamos Reports First Quarter Profits Up 14% to $39m, Plans to Expand to Guatemala
Banco Compartamos, a Mexican microfinance bank, reported net income growth of 14.8 percent to MXN 459 million (USD 39.5 million) and net operating income growth of 19.2 percent to MXN 702 million (USD 60.4 million) for the first quarter of 2011, as compared with the same period in 2010. Increased revenues came primarily from delinquency fees and voluntary life insurance premiums, resulting in growth of 21.6 percent over the first quarter of 2010. Continue Reading »
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) Analyzes Profitability of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)
Data collected by Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), the US-based nonprofit data provider, contradicts the idea that the commercialization of microfinance is increasing the vulnerability of low-income households  . Continue Reading »
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microcredit Summit Campaign Releases State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2011, Reports 128m Poor People Received Microfinance Loans in 2009
The Microcredit Summit Campaign, a project that was launched in 1997 by US-based nonprofit advocacy group RESULTS Educational Fund (REF), recently released the State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2011, a plenary account of the recent trends, challenges and achievements in the microfinance industry, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The report indicated that 128 million poor people received microloans in 2009, more than was recorded in any of the organization’s previous reports. In 1997, 7.6 million were estimated to have received microloans. Continue Reading »
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has issued a new circular that it will provide a 25 percent first loss guarantee for loans under its Micro Credit Guarantee Facility (MCGF) to further encourage commercial banks to provide wholesale funds to microfinance institutions (MFIs). The Facility was introduced last December but was met with an unenthusiastic response by banks despite the SBP’s 40 percent principal guarantee on loans. According to the press release in the Daily Times of Pakistan, only one loan has been granted so far under the MCGF. Banks and development finance institutions (DFIs) now will have the option of choosing either the 40 percent principal guarantee (pari passu), or the 25 percent first loss guarantee. The first loss guarantee will cover gaps in repayment of a loan’s principal, up to 25 percent of the principal value of the loan, whereas the 40 percent principal guarantee will cover 40 percent of the actual loss incurred. In essence the first loss guarantee covers a bank’s smaller losses upfront completely, while the 40 percent principal guarantee would require the bank to share in the losses but covers a larger percentage of loss. Continue Reading »
MICROCAPITAL STORY: Indian Technology Company, Comat, Raises $12.5m from Omiydar Network and Unitus Equity Fund of the United States
Comat, a technology company providing services to rural India, recently raised INR 60 crore (USD 12.5m) from the Omidyar Network and the Unitus Equity Fund (UEF). According to a Business Standard article, the new investment will allow “Comat to expand to new States, accelerate service delivery for training and financial services [and] strengthen management bandwidth.” Continue Reading »
Written by Aneel Karnani, published by Standford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2007, 8 pages, available at: http://www.ssireview.org/images/articles/2007SU_feature_karnani.pdf
In an article published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, a magazine of Stanford Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan’s Dr. Aneel Karnani argues against investment in microfinance. As the essay’s title articulates, “Microfinance Misses its Mark,” the professor argues that microfinance “does not significantly alleviate poverty.”
This Christian Science Monitor article, while focusing on for-profit microfinance, has used bits about ProCredit to profile a for-profit organization. However, they don’t seem to have done a very comprehensive job of it.
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The Ugandan government capped the interest rate that microfinance institutions may charge. According to New Vision Kampala, the new rule sets rates at or below inflation, which stood at 8.1% in 2005. Microfinance institutions in Uganda currently lend at rates of 18 to 100 percent.
Can a State-owned Microfinance Institution Succeed? A Look at Colombia’s New Banco de las Oportunidades
In his inaugural speech this month, Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe outlined plans to create a new microcredit bank. Capitalized with 120 billion Colombian pesos (equivalent to $50 million) from the state-owned bank, Bancafe, the new Banco de las Oportunidades will focus on low-income groups and microlending. President Uribe promised that this will create credit opportunities for more than six million low-income Colombians.
The Korea Times of South Korea Says Microcredit Is a Failure “due to lack of private donations and government support”
Apparently, microfinance in South Korea has failed. The Korea Times, a South Korean daily newspaper, attributes this failure to “lack of private donations and government support.” The South Korean government established the Social Solidarity Bank (SSB), the nation’s first non-governmental microfinance institution, in 2002. Since its inception, SSB attracted corporate donations of 3 billion won (USD $3.15 million), in large part from conglomerate Samsung Group and Kookmin Bank. However, The Korea Times believes this was “a miniscule amount of money and not enough to allow the bank to operate as a financial institution.”
MIX Market has released a report highlighting 2004 benchmarks on the performance of retail microfinance providers. The study evaluates over 300 institutions from around the world. Some key highlights from this robust data set include:
- MFI growth is significant: Globally, growth in borrowers increased by 30% in 2004. In South Asia and the Middle East åö growth in borrowers was even stronger, topping off at 50%.
- Profitable institutions reach more people. Overall profitable MFIs add 25% more borrowers than their unprofitable counterparts. Profitable MFIs cover much more ground åö “the 70% of MFIs earning 2004 profits reach well over 90% of total borrowers.”
- Scale and employee productivity help MFIs cut transaction costs and increase profitability. For example, as MFIs grow from 10,000 to 30,000 clients, cost per borrower plummets from 130 to 65 USD per borrower.
“These benchmarks draw on the largest benchmarking data set ever compiled by the MIX, with 302 institutions covering the diversity of institutional types within the sector and their various stages of development.”
For the full report, head to www.mixmarket.org and scroll to the bottom of the page to access data files.
“MIX Market 2004 Benchmarks,” www.mixmarket.org, February 3, 2006
Peruvian MFI, Mibanco, is off to the races. Guidance for 2006 is for 23% growth in profits and a 45% increase in lending. This comes after a banner year in 2005 that saw 74% growth in profits.
BusinessWeek Plugs Remittances and Microfinance as the Converging Paths Toward Investment in Two Billion Micro-Mortgages
In an article on remittances and microfinance, Business Week has correctly pegged remittances as a potentially huge opportunity for “recipients to save money and build credit histories, so they can get mortgages and small-business loans.” Indeed, the predictable income of remittances allows poor borrowers to access more sophisticated products like “micro-mortgages”, previously limited to people with documented income and greater assets.
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