MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Partner Microcredit Foundation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Borrows $4m from European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) for Lending to Micro, Small Enterprises (MSEs)

Partner Microcredit Foundation (PMCF), a microfinance institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina, recently borrowed EUR 3 million (USD 4.1 million) under a senior loan agreement from the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based investment vehicle organization promoting economic development. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: First Gulf Bank, Monitise to Launch Mobile Banking Services in Middle East

First Gulf Bank (FGB), a commercial bank based in the United Arab Emirates, and Monitise, a UK-based facilitator of mobile money services, reportedly have announced a partnership to offer unspecified “new mobile banking services to clients in the Middle East”[1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $6.8m to MF Banka a.d. Banja Luka of Bosnia and Herzegovina for On-lending to Micro-, Small Enterprises

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle, has disbursed a senior loan of EUR 5 million (USD 6.8 million) to MF Banka a.d. Banja Luka, a microfinance institution (MFI) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) Introduces FINclusion Lab, Offering Country-Specific Financial Inclusion Data Visualization and Analysis

The Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), a US-based nonprofit, recently announced the launch of FINclusion Lab, a platform that provides interactive visual interpretation and analysis of country-specific data pertaining to financial services activities in Africa, Asia and Latin America [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Partner Microcredit Foundation (PMCF) of Bosnia and Herzegovina Borrows $5.5m from Green for Growth Fund (GGF) for Energy Efficiency Financing

Partner Microcredit Foundation (PMCF), a microfinance institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina, recently borrowed EUR 4 million (USD 5.48 million) under a senior credit agreement from Green for Growth Fund, Southeast Europe (GGF), a Luxembourg-based organization focusing on the use of renewable energy sources and enhancing energy efficiency. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Airtel, Ghana Post to Expand Mobile Money Service “Airtel Money” to 350 Post Offices

Airtel Ghana, a subsidiary of Indian telecommunications company Bharti Airtel, and Ghana Post, the country’s postal service provider, reportedly have announced a partnership to expand the availability of the Airtel Money service from the previous 150 to all 350 Ghana Post outlets nationwide. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Over-indebtedness in Mexico; Achieving Customer Centricity; Managing Over-indebtedness

“Over-Indebtedness in Mexico: Its Effect on Borrowers;” published by Microfinance CEO Working Group; May 2014; 32 pages; available at http://microfinanceceoworkinggroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Over-Indebtedness-in-Mexico-Its-Effect-on-Borrowers-552014.pdf

This report cautions lending institutions in Mexico about rising levels of over-indebtedness – meaning more borrowers cannot reasonably repay their debts – which can threaten the financial system as well as the economic outlook of low-income individuals. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Islamic Social Finance, Transforming Client Complaints into Loyalty, Microinsurance Profitability

“Islamic Social Finance Report 2014,” by Thomson Reuters and the Islamic Research and Training Institute, published by Zawya, 2014, 64 pages, available at: http://www.zawya.com/islamic-finance/isfr/

This report examines opportunities and challenges for Islamic social finance in Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Singapore. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Skoll Foundation Awards Microfinance Institution Fundación Capital of Colombia, 6 Others $1.25m Each for Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll Foundation, an organization that seeks to promote sustainability, peace and prosperity in the developing world by investing in social enterprises, recently honored seven organizations with the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, which is given to social enterprises to fund business initiatives deemed innovative. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Foundation Anticipating $1m in Donations to Last Mile Initiative for Latin America

The Grameen Foundation, a US-based nonprofit organization, recently announced that it is anticipating donations to its Last Mile Initiative totaling USD 1 million after receiving a USD 500,000 donation from David and Susan Russell, which must be matched with an equal amount of funds from other sources. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considers Syndicating $25m Investment in Minsk Transit Bank (MTB) of Belarus for On-Lending to Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral financial institution, is considering investing USD 25 million in Belarusian commercial bank Minsk Transit Bank (MTB) for on-lending to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Mambu Sells Software to Nigeria’s One Credit, Premier Kenya, Angola’s Mão Solidária Microfinança

One Credit, a consumer finance company based in Nigeria; Premier Kenya, a financial services provider based in Kenya; and Mão Solidária Microfinança, a microfinance institution based in Angola, recently became customers of Mambu, a provider of web-based software designed for microfinance institutions. Continue reading