MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Offers $5m Credit Line to FINCA for Lending in Kyrgyz Republic

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, England, recently announced that it will extend a credit line of USD 5 million to FINCA Kyrgyzstan, a unit of US-based microfinance nonprofit FINCA International. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Government Efforts to Achieve Financial Inclusion in India; Index-based Insurance in South, Southeast Asia; Microinsurance Claims Management

“Report of the Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low Income Households;” published by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI); December 31, 2013; 247 pages; available at http://rbidocs.rbi.org.in/rdocs/PublicationReport/Pdfs/CFS070114RFL.pdf

This report was authored by the Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low Income Households, which was appointed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in September 2013 to propose measures for increasing access to financial services in India. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Applications Open for University Meets Microfinance (UMM) Scholarships for Students Seeking Field Experience in Developing Countries, Awards for Doctoral and Master Theses in Financial Inclusion

University Meets Microfinance (UMM), an initiative co-founded by Germany-based university, Freie Universitat Berlin (FUB), and France-based nonprofit, PlaNet Finance, recently announced that it is accepting applications for the “University Meets Microfinance (UMM) Scholarships & Awards 2014.” Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Water, Sanitation and Microfinance Toolkit 1: Introduction to Opportunities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance,” Published by Water.org, MicroSave

“Water, Sanitation and Microfinance Toolkit 1: Introduction to Opportunities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance;” published by Water.org and MicroSave, 2013, 75 pages, available at http://www.washmicrofinance.org/

Water insecurity and unhygienic sanitation practices pose significant health and financial risks in the developing world. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) Lends $220k to PAIDEK of the Democratic Republic of Congo, $210k to COOPEC SIFA of Togo

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based investor in microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently announced the disbursement of the first tranche of a 30-month, USD 220,000 loan to Programme D’Appui aux Initiatives de Developpement Economique du Kivu (PAIDEK), a microfinance institution (MFI) that lends to microenterprises in the region of Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: US-based TriLinc Global Impact Fund Invests in Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Peru

TriLinc Global Impact Fund (TriLinc), a US-based private investor in companies that it deems to contribute positively to socioeconomic development in emerging economies, recently disbursed a total of USD 5.7 million in loans through a series of investments in unspecified small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Brazil, Chile, Indonesia and Peru. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Africa, Caribbean, Pacific Group of States and the European Union’s (ACP/EU) Microfinance Program Offers Scholarships for July Boulder Microfinance Training Through April 28, 2014

The microfinance program of the European Union and the 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has announced that it is accepting applications for its last round of 46 scholarships for microfinance professionals from ACP member countries to attend the annual Italy-based Boulder Microfinance Training Program, Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Citi to Share Risk on $550m Global Loan Facility, $220m Inclusive Growth Agreement

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a development agency of the US government, reportedly has entered agreements with Citi, a US-based financial services corporation, to share credit risk for the financing of investments in an unspecified number of the 150 OPIC-eligible countries with a USD 550 million loan facility for general investments and a USD 220 million loan facility to support financial inclusion. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Supports Sovereign Lending for Public Sector Projects, Private Investments in Ukraine

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based financial institution, is putting together an economic support package for Ukraine that includes sovereign lending for public sector projects such as infrastructure development and increased funding for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considers $104m Loan to DenizBank of Turkey for Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Agribusiness Sector

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral financial institution, is considering offering a loan of EUR 75 million (USD 104 million) to Turkish commercial bank DenizBank for on-lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agribusiness sector. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Germany’s Kreditech Raises $15m in Debt from Kreos Capital for Lending in Eurasia, Latin America

Kreditech, a German technology company that uses an online platform to assess the creditworthiness of loan applicants, recently announced that it has raised USD 15 million in debt financing from UK-based venture capital firm Kreos Capital (Kreos). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to Create $30m Credit Line for Retail Lenders to Support Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Dominican Republic

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a US-based multilateral financial institution that seeks to support sustainable economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean, recently announced that it will create a USD 30 million credit fund that retail lenders in the Dominican Republic can access to expand financing deemed “medium- and long-term” to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Continue reading