MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Kreditech Raises $104m from Amadeus, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Peter Thiel, Previous Investors for Monedo Online Lending Platform

Kreditech, a German financial technology company, recently announced that it raised EUR 10 million (USD 11.2 million) as part of its Series C funding round from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, to invest mainly in its Monedo platform, which provides on-line banking products to consumers in both emerging and developed markets. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Mobile Money in Africa; Doing Business in Kyrgyzstan; Digitalization of Kenya’s Premier Credit

“Mobile Money Momentum in Four African Countries;” published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); December 2015; 101 pages; available at: http://www.cgap.org/news/new-data-cgap-sets-benchmark-use-mobile-financial-services Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Teranga Capital Launches Fund for Small Growing Business in Senegal

Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P), a France-based family of investment funds that supports “socially responsible” entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa, recently announced the inauguration of its third fund, Teranga Capital (TC). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Afluenta Raises $8m in Series B Equity Funding from International Finance Corporation, Elevar for Peer-to-Peer Lending in Latin America

Afluenta, an Argentina-based peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform, recently announced it closed a series B funding round totaling USD 8 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that aims to increase economic growth in developing countries, and Elevar Equity, a “development-focused” private equity fund based in India. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Gemeinschaftsbank für Leihen und Schenken (GLS) Invests $15m in Sanad Fund for MSME to Deploy in Middle East, North Africa

Gemeinschaftsbank für Leihen und Schenken (GLS), a German bank that focuses on investing in socially responsible and ecological projects, recently invested EUR 13 million (USD 14.5 million) in Sanad Fund for MSME (Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise), a Luxembourg-based public-private partnership that provides debt and equity financing in the Middle East and North Africa. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Bank Group’s Azerbaijan-Central Asia Financial Markets Infrastructure Project III to Unify Credit Data to Support Lending Based on Movable Collateral in Tajikistan

The World Bank Group, a multilateral financial institution serving developing countries, has launched the “Azerbaijan-Central Asia Financial Markets Infrastructure Project III”, the third phase of a project which includes an effort to improve the efficiency of the credit reporting system in Tajikistan. Specifically, the new credit system will allow Tajikistan’s credit reporting providers to offer data through a combined platform, allowing lenders to analyze loan risks using credit histories gleaned from multiple credit bureaus at one time. The project, which is being carried out in cooperation with the National Bank of Tajikistan, the central bank of the country, and the government of Tajikistan, is meant to promote the use of movable assets as collateral for lending and also includes efforts to expand financial education. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Green for Growth Fund Southeast Europe (GGF) Signs $2.2m Senior Loan Facility with ICS Total Leasing & Finance of Moldova

The Green for Growth Fund Southeast Europe (GGF), a Germany-based fund that invests in energy efficiency and renewable energy, recently announced that it has agreed to disburse a senior loan of EUR 2 million (USD 2.2 million) to ICS Total Leasing & Finance S.A. (TLF), a Moldova-based non-banking financial institution. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Penn Microfinance to Host 10th Annual Conference: Banking on Change; April 9, 2016; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Event Name: 10th Annual Penn Microfinance Conference: Banking on Change

Event Date: April 9, 2016; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Event Location: University of Pennsylvania, Huntsman Hall; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: MFI Client Satisfaction and Consumer Protection in Peru; Mobile Microfinance Users Predicted to Triple by 2020; Mobilizing Savings Through Agency Banking

“Voice of the Client: An analysis of client satisfaction and consumer protection across four microfinance institutions in Peru,” by J. Foelster, A. Pierantozzi, M. Pistelli; published by the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) in collaboration with Hivos People Unlimited; February 2016; 31 pages; available at: http://www.themix.org/sites/default/files/Voice%20of%20the%20Client%20Peru_0.pdf Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Albanian Microfinance Association to Host 19th MFC Annual Conference; June 23 – 24, 2016; Tirana, Albania

Event Name: 19th MFC Annual Conference: Microfinance in the Cloud

Event Dates: June 23-24, 2016

Event Location: Tirana International Hotel & Conference Center; Tirana, Albania Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Telenor Pakistan Acquires Additional 49% Equity Stake in Tameer Microfinance Bank, Bringing Its Ownership to 100%

Telenor Pakistan, a subsidiary of Norway-based telecom provider Telenor Group, recently bought additional shares of the Tameer Microfinance Bank, a Pakistan-based provider of microfinance services, increasing its stake from 51 percent to 100 percent. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship; April 13-15, 2016; Oxford, United Kingdom

Event Name: The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

Event Dates: April 13-15, 2016

Event Location: The University of Oxford’s Said Business School; Oxford, United Kingdom Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MetLife Foundation, Accion, Chinese Association of Microfinance (CAM) Launch Microfinance Management and Leadership Program in China

Accion, a US-based nonprofit providing microfinance services in Africa, Asia, and the Americas; the MetLife Foundation, the philanthropic arm of US-based insurance company Metlife; and the Chinese Association of Microfinance, a network of 92 microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other members, recently launched the International Microfinance Management and Leadership Program. This nine-month program comprises classroom lectures, monthly webinars and visits to microfinance institutions (MFIs) with the goal of teaching managers of Chinese MFIs how to expand the reach of their financial services. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CAF Development Bank of Latin America to Promote Billetera Movil (BIM) of Asociacion de Bancos del Peru (ASBANC)

CAF Development Bank of Latin America, a Venezuela-based multilateral financial institution formerly known as the Corporacion Andina de Fomento, recently announced that it will support the Asociacion de Bancos del Peru (ASBANC) Financial Studies Center, a Peruvian-based trade organization with 23 members, by promoting its Billetera Móvil (BIM) digital payment system through financial education and other services. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: 4th Africa Financial Services Investment Conference (AFSIC); May 4-6, 2016; London, United Kingdom

Event Name: 4th Africa Financial Services Investment Conference (AFSIC)

Event Dates: May 4-6, 2016

Event Location: The Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel; London, United Kingdom Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: SimbaPay Enables Remittances to Kenya, Nigeria from 5 Additional European Countries

SimbaPay, a UK-based digital money transfer service, recently announced it is expanding its money transfer service to France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: GSMA Launching “Connected Women Commitment” to Extend Mobile Money, Internet Usage Among Women

The GSM Association (GSMA), a coordinating group for telecoms operating under the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) standard, recently announced that it and its members are launching the “Connected Women Commitment” with the goal of lessening the “mobile gender gap” [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Stellar, Oradian Set Up Payment Transfer Network Among Rural Nigerian Microfinance Institutions

Stellar, a US-based nonprofit technology provider, and Oradian, a Croatia-based software developer serving financial organizations in West Africa, are setting up a “payment transfer network” to connect rural Nigerian microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue reading