MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Seeks Responses to “Global Pulse Survey on Responsible Digital Finance” by August 8, 2014

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a US-based, nonprofit policy and research center that aims to facilitate the expansion of financial access, has launched its “Global Pulse Survey on Responsible Digital Finance”[1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Crowdfunders Zafèn, Kiva Announce Partnership to Support Small Growing Businesses (SGBs) in Haiti

Zafèn, a Haitian nonprofit that uses crowd-funding to raise money for “small growing businesses (SGBs)”[1] as well as social and community initiatives, has recently entered into a partnership with Kiva, a US-based nonprofit crowd-funding organization that raises money for microfinance institutions (MFIs) with the aim of alleviating poverty. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Suryoday Micro Finance of India Raises $4.5m in Equity from International Finance Corporation (IFC), Aavishkaar Goodwell, Lok Capital

Suryoday Micro Finance Private Limited, an Indian microfinance institution (MFI), recently received an equity infusion totalling INR 270 million (USD 4.5 million) from three investors: INR 150 million (USD 2.5 million) from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, and INR 62 million (USD 1 million) each from Aavishkaar Goodwell, a for-profit Indian-Dutch joint venture promoting economic development, and Lok Capital, a Mauritius-based venture fund focused on microfinance and other social businesses in India [1] [2]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) to Assist Central Bank of Morocco with Credit Information Sharing Regulations

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, recently announced that it will assist the Central Bank of Morocco (CBM), also known as Bank Al-Maghrib, with the development of laws and regulations regarding credit information sharing among lenders. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: 2014 CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Microfinance Photo Contest Accepting Entries Through October 8

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a US-based, nonprofit policy and research center that aims to facilitate the expansion of financial access, has announced the opening of its annual photo contest to entries of original images that capture the “diversity and dynamism of microfinance and financial inclusion around the world”[1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFMR Capital of India Launches Collateral Bond Obligation (CBO) Backed by $16m in Non-convertible Debentures (NCDs) Issued by Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

IFMR Capital, a Chennai-based financial institution that facilitates funding for organizations that serve low-income individuals in India, announced that it has launched the country’s first collateralized bond obligation (CBO). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Department for International Development (DFID) to Donate $2m to 12 Pakistani Financial Institutions to Support Innovation in Rural Agricultural Finance

The Department for International Development (DFID), a development agency of the British government, reportedly has pledged to donate a total of PKR 240 million (USD 2.4 million) to 12 Pakistani financial institutions to support the implementation of proposed innovations in rural and agricultural financing. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: SME Bank Receives $58m from Government of Namibia to Expand to all 14 Regions of Country

SME Bank, which was founded by the government of Namibia in 2012, is preparing to receive NAD 630 million (USD 58.7 million) in non-reimbursable funding from the government of Namibia to expand its operations to all 14 regions of the country, with the intention of fueling growth among the small and medium-sized enterprises.

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India-based Ujjivan Financial Services Disburses Loans Totaling $166m Via Direct Deposit to Bank Accounts

Ujjivan Financial Services, a Bangalore-based microfinance institution, has disbursed local currency loans totaling the equivalent of USD 166 million, approximately 50 percent of its total loan disbursements this year, directly to customer’s bank accounts. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) to Invest $25m in Proyectos Educativos Integrales del Peru to Establish Educational Institutions for Low-Income Students

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has announced a USD 25 million investment in Proyectos Educativos Integrales del Peru (PEIP), an education company, to create a university and a network of technical institutes to educate low-income students in Peru. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION WRAP-UP: “The Microfinance Sector in Morocco: Investment Opportunities After the Crisis;” Published by MicroFinanza Rating

“The Microfinance Sector in Morocco: Investment Opportunities After the Crisis,” published as part of the Insight series by MicroFinanza Rating, May 2014, 4 pages, available at http://www.microfinanzarating.com/images/Insight_Morocco_March_2014.pdf

Performed by Italy’s MicroFinanza Rating in May 2014, this “country screening” analyzes the political, economic and legal frameworks in which microfinance institutions (MFIs) function in Morocco. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) Invests $500k in Equity to Acquire 8% of Kenyan Microinsurer Agriculture and Risk Enterprise (ACRE), Loans $334k to Ecumenical Church Loan Fund (ECLOF) for Technical Assistance

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), which is based in Luxembourg and invests in “social businesses,” recently informed MicroCapital that it has made an investment of USD 500,000 in Nairobi-based Agriculture and Risk Enterprise Limited (ACRE), a microinsurance provider that aims to launch products in East and West Africa in exchange for an 8-percent stake in the company. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) Loans $3m to Indonesia’s Mitra Bisnis Keluarga Ventura (MBK), $1m to Azerbaijan’s Finance for Development (FinDev)

The Luxembourg-based Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), which provides financial services to “social businesses,” recently informed MicroCapital that it has provided a three-year local-currency loan equivalent in value to EUR 2.1 million (USD 2.9 million) to Mitra Bisnis Keluarga Ventura (MBK), a microfinance institution (MFI) located in Indonesia. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Biniog Sathi Banking Model Employs Islamic Concept of Zakat in Effort to Minimize Credit Default

Mabroor Mahmood, who operates the online “Ideas for Development” think tank, recently began selling his Biniog Sathi banking model, which incorporates Zakat, a Muslim practice of giving charity, to protect against credit default [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $25m to Bank of Georgia for On-lending to Micro, Small Enterprises (MSEs)

Bank of Georgia, a Tbilisi-based commercial bank that offers corporate and retail banking, wealth management, brokerage and insurance services in Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus, recently borrowed EUR 18.5 million (USD 25.2 million) under a senior loan agreement from the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based, government-backed microfinance investment vehicle. Continue reading