MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Provide $3.9m in Advisory Services to Airtel Uganda to Expand Mobile Money

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that aims to improve the living standards of people in developing countries, recently announced that it will partner with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a US-based nonprofit that supports innovations in health and education, to provide advisory services valued at USD 3.9 million to Airtel Uganda, a subsidiary of Indian telecommunications company Bharti Airtel. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) to Loan $1.1m to FINCA Malawi, $580k to Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus of Mali

The Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based foundation providing financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently informed to MicroCapital that it disbursed a three-year loan in local currency equivalent in value to EUR 882,000 (USD 1.1 million) to Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA) Malawi, a microfinance institution (MFI) member of the US-based, nonprofit FINCA International microfinance network. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Investment Fund Loans $2.53m to Vitas via European Progress Microfinance to Support Microenterprises in Romania

The European Investment Fund, a member of the European Investment Bank Group providing financing to small and medium-sized enterprises, recently loaned EUR 2 million (USD 2.53 million) to Vitas, a Romanian microfinance institution, through European Progress Microfinance, a microfinance investment vehicle supported by the EU’s European Commission and the European Investment Bank. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI), HelpAge USA Launch Research Initiative on Financial Inclusion of Older Adults in Colombia

The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI), an affiliate of US-based nonprofit Accion, and HelpAge USA, an affiliate of UK-based NGO network HelpAge International, have launched a research initiative on the financial inclusion of older adults in developing countries. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Loans $609k to Juhudi Kilimo of Kenya

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based investor in microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently notified MicroCapital that it has disbursed a three-year, local-currency loan equivalent to EUR 482,000 (USD 609,000) to Juhudi Kilimo, a for-profit microlender in Kenya [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Citi Foundation Donates $2m to 7 Initiatives for Financial Education, Capacity Building in India

The Citi Foundation, the charitable arm of US-based financial services provider Citigroup that promotes financial inclusion and other initiatives, recently announced that it has issued the first disbursement from its “Innovation Grant Program”[1] with the aim of increasing its impact in India. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Développement International Desjardins (DID), Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to Support Faîtière des Unités Coopératives d’Epargne et de Crédit du Togo (FUCEC-TOGO) in Product Development

Développement International Desjardins (DID), a nonprofit subsidiary of Canadian cooperative Desjardins Group, and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the country’s body for international development, recently announced an agreement to co-finance the creation of products and services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are served by members of Faîtière des Unités Coopératives d’Epargne et de Crédit du Togo (FUCEC-TOGO), a network of 39 financial cooperatives in Togo. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Invests $1.68m in Palestine’s Faten, in Azerbaijan’s Viator, in Bangladesh’s Grameen Danone

The Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently informed MicroCapital that it has granted loans of EUR 739,000 (USD 937,000) to Faten, a microfinance institution based in the West Bank in Palestine; EUR 702,000 (USD 890,000) to Viator, an Azerbaijani microfinance organization; and a loan, which can be converted into equity, of EUR 240,000 (USD 304,000) to Grameen Danone Foods Limited, a social business in Bangladesh that sells food products containing nutrients that are generally lacking from the regional diet. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Loans $4m to Advans Côte d’Ivoire for On-lending to Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group that offers financial services to businesses and governments in developing countries with the aim of increasing economic growth, has announced that it will loan CFA 2 billion (USD 4.3 million) to Advans Côte d’Ivoire, a bank that was founded in 2012 to provide savings and lending services to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the country. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Lending $1.5m to Chamroeun Microfinance of Cambodia, Koperasi Mitra Dhuafa (Komida) of Indonesia, Tuba Rai Metin (TRM) of Timor-Leste

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based investor in microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently notified MicroCapital that it is disbursing local-currency loans totalling the equivalent of EUR 1.2 million (USD 1.5 million) to three MFIs in South-East Asia: Chamroeun Microfinance, a Cambodian MFI that offers savings, loans and microinsurance, will receive EUR 507,000 (USD 634,000) over a three-year period; Koperasi Mitra Dhuafa (Komida), an Indonesian MFI, will receive EUR 370,000 (USD 463,000) over a four-year period; and Tuba Rai Metin (TRM), a nonprofit MFI that serves women and small businesses in Timor-Leste, will receive EUR 299,000 (USD 374,000) over three years [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Incofin’s Rural Impulse Fund Loans $750k to Bimputh Finance of Sri Lanka for Microfinance

Belgium-based Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM), a private company that manages funds investing in microfinance institutions (MFIs) and directly invests in companies in developing countries, recently disbursed a loan of USD 750,000, via its Rural Impulse Fund (RIF I), to Bimputh Finance, a Sri Lankan non-banking finance company. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management’s Vision Microfinance Funds Invest $8.5m in Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Ecuador, India

Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an arm of Austria-based asset management group C-Quadrat, recently informed MicroCapital that it disbursed credits totaling approximately USD 8.5 million from its two Vision Microfinance funds, the Dual Return Fund-Vision Microfinance and the Dual Return Fund-Vision Microfinance Local Currency, to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Ecuador, and India. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s PNB Housing Finance Borrows $50m from International Finance Corporation (IFC) for Mortgages for Low-Income Families

PNB Housing Finance Limited (“PNB Housing”), a subsidiary of the India-based, government-controlled Punjab National Bank (PNB), recently accepted a loan of USD 50 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the US-based World Bank Group. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Symbiotics Issues $8.7m in Bonds to India’s Satin, $6.8m to Cambodia’s Prasac, $2.7m to MicroCred China

Symbiotics Group, a Swiss for-profit provider of microfinance-related and other investment services, recently issued impact bonds in the amount of USD 8.75 million to Satin, a microfinance institution based in Delhi, India; USD 6.78 million to Prasac, a  microfinance  institution offering financial services to people with low incomes in Cambodia; and USD 2.75 million to MicroCred China, a unit of France-based MicroCred Group. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: BIO, Cordaid, Incofin, KfW Commit $25m to Launch Wholesale Fund for DRC Under Nonprofit Fonds pour l’inclusion financière en République Démocratique Congo (FPM)

The Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), which is owned by the government of Belgium and seeks to support the sustainable development of the private sector; the Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid (Cordaid), a Netherlands-based NGO; Incofin Investment Management (Incofin), a private Belgian company that manages funds investing in microfinance institutions (MFIs) in developing countries; and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau Entwicklungsbank (KfW), a state-owned development bank in Germany, jointly have offered a “capital contribution” of USD 25.1 million for Fonds pour l’inclusion financière en République Démocratique Congo (FPM), a nonprofit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Continue reading