MICROCAPITAL STORY: Triodos Investment Management B.V. to Launch New Private Investor Microfinance Fund in the First Quarter of 2008

In an exclusive interview with MicroCapital, Marilou van Golstein Brouwers, Managing Director of Triodos Investment Management B.V., revealed that the firm will be launching a new private investor microfinance fund for the Belgian and Spanish markets in the first quarter of 2008. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL STORY: Bust Microfinance Institutions in the CEMAC region of Central Africa to be Reimbursed by the Bank of Central African States

Clients that have lost money in collapsed microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (Communauté Économique et Monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale – CEMAC) will have their money reimbursed. This was announced by the President of the Committee for the Facilitation of Training on Microfinance in CEMAC, Joseph Mbouombouo Ndam at the annual meeting of the region’s microfinance industry, organised by the Réseau des Institutions de Microfinance au Burundi (RIM). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL STORY: responsAbility Mikrofinanz-Fonds Loans $1m to Eastern Europe Microenterprise Development Fund Kamurj and $2.5m to Eastern Europe Azerdemiryolbank

The Microfinance Capital Markets Newsletter of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and the MIX, the microfinance information clearinghouse, reported Swiss Microfinanz-Fonds issued a loan of USD 1 million to Microenterprise Development Fund Kamurj and a loan of USD 2.5 million to microfinance institution (MFI) Azerdemiryolbank of Azerbaijan. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL STORY: Eastern Europe Microfinance Institution LOKMicro Receives Over $6m in Loans from responsAbility Mikrofinanz-Fonds, responsAbility Microfinance Leaders Fund and VDK MFI Loan Portfolio

The Microfinance Capital Markets Newsletter of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and the MIX, the microfinance information clearinghouse, reported LOKMicro, a Eastern Europe microfinance institution (MFI), received a loan of USD 1.4 million from responsAbility Mikrofinanz-Fonds, a loan of USD 2.0 million from responsAbility Microfinance Leaders Fund and a loan of USD 2.8 million from the VDK MFI Loan Portfolio. Continue reading

PAPER WRAP-UP: Microfinance Market Survey in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Published by International Finance Corporation (IFC) in cooperation with the Palestinian Network of Small and Micro Finance (PNMSF). Conducted by PlaNet Finance. Copyright 2007, 79 pages, available for download at http://www.microfinancegateway.org/content/article/detail/44378

The goal of this report is to gauge the demand for microfinance among Palestinian micro entrepreneurs. The report finds that, overall, Palestinian entrepreneurs lack access to financial services, and, if given the opportunity, many would utilize microcredit in order to expand existing businesses, generate working capital, launch new businesses and finance assets. The report estimates the likely market potential at approximately USD 157 million, but notes that it could be as high as USD 280 million. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL SPECIAL FEATURE: 2007 Equity Investments in Small and Medium Sized Microbanks, Part 1 of 3

2007 has proven to be a productive year for international microfinance equity investments in small and medium sized microbanks. The Microfinance Capital Markets (MCM) Newsletter of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and the MIX, the microfinance information clearinghouse, reported 25 investments in 13 small and medium sized Microbanks by 21 investors. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL STORY: Global Non-profit Microfinance Network Opportunity International Launches Microschools for Opportunity

Opportunity International, a Christian microfinance organization, has announced the expansion of its microfinance school loans program “Microschools for Opportunity.” “Microschools” provides loans to “edupreneurs” who open schools in poor neighborhoods where children, especially girls, would otherwise be unable to access public education. As of June 2007, the Opportunity International Network had over one million active clients globally and a loan portfolio of USD 450.2 million. As of December 2006, the organization had USD 31.7 million in total assets and USD 534,000 in total liabilities. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Uniglobal Research to Host Microfinance Forum

MICROFINANCE FORUM 2008

MARCH 27-28, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Uniglobal Research
, the European conference organiser, is hosting a two-day event on emerging trends in microfinance. Called the Microfinance Forum, the event will provide presentations and case studies, plus networking opportunities, for those financial institutions wishing to expand into microfinance. Continue reading