MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Credit Suisse to Fund Opportunity International’s “Empowering Generational Change Through Education” in Africa, Asia, Latin America

Credit Suisse, a Swiss global financial services company with operations in 50 countries, has agreed to donate an undisclosed sum to Opportunity International, a US-based nonprofit providing microfinance in 22 countries, to launch a three-year program entitled “Empowering Generational Change Through Education” that focuses on lending for education initiatives. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) to Provide $18m to Peru-based La Positiva Seguros Generales through Convertible Subordinated Loan to Expand Insurance to Poor People

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that offers financial services to businesses and governments in developing countries with the aim of increasing economic growth, recently announced that it will provide USD 18 million to La Positva Seguros Generales, a Peru-based insurance company, through a convertible subordinated loan to expand the availability of insurance to disadvantaged populations within Peru. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $6.2m to Alter Modus for Disbursal as Micro-, Small Loans in Montenegro

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), recently issued a senior loan of EUR 5 million (USD 6.2 million) to Alter Modus, a Montenegro-based microfinance institution (MFI), for lending to micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) within Montenegro. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Millicom’s Tanzanian Arm Distributes Profits of $1.8m to Tigo Pesa Mobile Money Customers

Millicom International Cellular, a Luxembourg-based telecommunications company that operates the brand Tigo, recently announced that its Tanzanian unit will distribute third quarter profits of TZS 3 billion (USD 1.8 million) to users and agents of Tigo Pesa, a mobile money service accessed by 3.6 million customers. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: UK Department for International Development (DFID), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Create Digital Financial Services Unit in Pakistan

The Department for International Development (DFID), a development agency of the British government, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a US-based nonprofit that supports innovations in health and education, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the International Branchless Banking Conference 2014 in Pakistan. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management’s Vision Microfinance Funds Invest $11m in Microfinance Institutions in Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, 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 11 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 Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico and India. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) to Invest $67m in Equity in Bank Alfalah of Pakistan to Promote Financial Access for Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs); Economic Growth; Job Creation

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that offers financial services to businesses and governments in developing countries with the aim of increasing economic growth, recently announced that it will invest USD 67 million in Bank Alfalah (Alfalah), a Pakistan-based financial institution. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Desjardins Fund for Inclusive Finance Acquires Stake in Microfinance Institution Humo & Partners of Tajikistan

The Desjardins Fund for Inclusive Finance, a unit of Canada’s Desjardins Group, recently acquired shares in Humo and Partners, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to support the expansion of the MFI in rural parts of the country. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $5m to Muganbank of Azerbaijan for On-lending to Rural Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), recently announced that it has established a partnership with Muganbank Open Joint Stock Company (OJSC) (Muganbank), a retail and corporate bank in Azerbaijan. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: 4th Global Islamic Microfinance Forum Hosted by AlHuda Center of Islamic Banking and Economics, Concludes with Release of “Road Map of Industrial Promotion”

The 4th Global Islamic Microfinance Forum was hosted by the AlHuda Center of Islamic Banking and Economics (AlHuda) in November in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, bringing together delegates from 25 countries including this author. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fondazione Giordano Dell’Amore, European Microfinance Network Announce 7th Edition of $62k Microfinance Good Practices Europe Award

Fondazione Giordano Dell’Amore, an Italian foundation that supports microfinance, and the European Microfinance Network, a Belgian nongovernmental organization (NGO), recently announced the seventh annual edition of the Microfinance Good Practices Europe Award, a series that aims to increase awareness about microfinance as a tool for alleviating poverty and promote the sharing of good practice among microfinance organizations in Europe. Continue reading