MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $4m to Komercijalna Banka Banja Luka of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), has disbursed a senior loan of EUR 3 million (USD 4.1 million) to Komercijalna Banka Banja Luka, a financial institution that is owned by Serbia-based commercial bank Komercijalna Banka Beograd. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Owner of Mibanco, Grupo Accion Comunitaria del Peru (ACP) Breaches Debt Covenant; Entire Peruvian Microfinance Sector Under Strain?

Grupo Accion Comunitaria del Peru (ACP), a Peruvian nonprofit holding company that is the majority shareholder of Peruvian microfinance institution (MFI) Mibanco, recently breached a covenant on a 10-year USD 85 million corporate bond due in 2021, resulting in a downgrade of its credit rating by Fitch, a US-based rating agency. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroCred Holding Raises $11m in Equity from Danish Microfinance Partners

MicroCred Holding, a French microfinance investment company that was created by French NGO PlaNet Finance, has raised EUR 8.4 million (USD 11.4 million) in equity funding through an issue of new shares to Danish Microfinance Partners (DMP), a Danish investment fund that invests in micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sanad Fund for MSME Loans $500k to Reef Finance in Palestinian Territories for On-Lending to Rural Clients

The Sanad Fund for Micro-, Small and Medium-Enterprise (MSME), a Luxembourg-based investment company that funds financial institutions in the Middle East and North Africa, has agreed to issue a senior loan facility worth USD 500,000 to Reef Finance, a nonprofit microfinance institution (MFI) that operates in the Palestinian Territories of West Bank and Gaza. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Switzerland-based responsAbility Participations Completes Capital Increase of $26m to Increase Investments in Developing-Country Banks

ResponsAbility Participations AG, a Swiss investment company, reportedly has completed a capital increase of CHF 23.5 million (USD 26.4 million), bringing the company’s total equity capital to CHF 42.4 million (USD 47.6 million). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Loans $20m to Attawfiq Micro-Finance for Microlending in Morocco

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a US-based development finance institution and a member of the US-based World Bank Group, recently loaned USD 20 million to Attawfiq Micro-Finance, a nonprofit microfinance institution (MFI) based in Casablanca, Morocco, for onlending to microenterprises in an effort to further Morocco’s economic development. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: African Women Invited to Apply for MasterCard Foundation Scholarships for Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program (SMDP) in Ghana by February 7, 2014

MasterCard Foundation, a Canadian organization founded by the US-based payments firm MasterCard, is offering an undisclosed number of scholarships, ranging from USD 1,000 to USD 4,500, for women in Africa who have at least two years of work experience in the microenterprise development field to attend the Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program (SMDP), an educational workshop that will be held in the Accra, Ghana, from March 10-21, 2014. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Lends $14m to Societe Generale Banka Montenegro to Support On-Lending for Housing

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, is lending EUR 10 million (USD 13.5 million) to Societe Generale Banka Montenegro, a subsidiary of French banking group Societe Generale, for on-lending to individual borrowers to finance long-term residential mortgages in Montenegro. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Chinese Internet Companies Alibaba, Baidu Offer Financial Services Through Subsidiaries Yu’e Bao, Baifa

Internet companies in China reportedly are increasing financial inclusion through services such as Yu’e Bao, an online savings and investment product of e-commerce player Alibaba Group, and Baifa, an online “wealth management” product launched by search engine Baidu [1]. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Effectiveness of Microfinance in Cambodia; Scaling Up in Agriculture and Development; Mobile Savings in Ecuador

“AMK Cambodia – Have AMK loans helped its clients improve their overall wellbeing?”, published by Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea (AMK); January 2014; 12 pages; available at https://www.incofin.com/sites/default/files/attachments/newsitems/Change%20Study_AMK_2014.pdf

This report explores the results of a five-year study of the effectiveness of Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea (AMK), a Cambodian microfinance institution, in helping increase its clients’ livelihoods through microcredit services. Continue reading