MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Lends $9m to Kyrgyzstan’s Kompanion; $5.4m to Morocco’s Albaraka to Finance Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has lent the local-currency equivalent of USD 9 million to Kompanion Financial Group, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Kyrgyzstan, and EUR 5 million (USD 5.4 million) to Albaraka, the first Moroccan MFI to partner with EBRD [1] [2].

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Equity Group Acquires ProCredit Bank Congo to Expand to Democratic Republic of the Congo

After receiving approval from regulators in Kenya and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Equity Group, a Kenya-based commercial bank, recently acquired 79 percent of the shares of ProCredit Bank Congo, which is located in DRC and focuses on serving small and medium-sized enterprises. The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Base of Pyramid Asia (BOPA) Buys 20% Equity Stake in Microfinance Deposit Organization Matin of Tajikistan

For an undisclosed price, Base of Pyramid Asia (BOPA), a Singapore-based equity investor in small, Asian microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently purchased a 20-percent stake in Matin, a Tajikistan-based microfinance deposit organization (MDO).

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Investment Bank (EIB) Lends $9.8m to Kenya’s Faulu Microfinance Bank to Finance Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the long-term lending institution of the European Union (EU), recently lent Faulu Microfinance Bank (Faulu MFB), a Kenya-based microfinance institution (MFI), KES 1 billion (USD 9.79 million) under EIB’s East African Community Microfinance Facility [1].

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank India (RBI) Eases Microfinance Interest Rate Norm to Allow Cheaper Loans to Members of Scheduled Castes (SC) Earning Less than $2.50 Per Day

The Reserve Bank India (RBI), the nation’s central banking authority, has eased the maximum allowance of a variance of 4 percent between minimum and maximum interest rates on loans by microfinance institutions (MFIs) in order to encourage the provision of cheaper loans to those members of Scheduled Castes (SC), historically disadvantaged people in India, who earn less than double the international poverty line defined by the United Nations (UN) as USD 1.25 per day.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: C-Quadrat’s Vision Microfinance Funds Loan $9.2m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia, Congo, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Peru

During October 2015, Austrian asset manager C-Quadrat Asset Management issued loans worth the equivalent of USD 9.2 million via its two Vision Microfinance funds to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia, Congo, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Nicaragua and Peru.

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Legislation for Client Protection; Consumer Satisfaction in India; Women’s Financial Inclusion Data

“Client Protection Principles: Model Law and Commentary for Financial Consumer Protection;” published by the Microfinance CEO Working Group; April 2015; 66 pages; available at: http://microfinanceceoworkinggroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/CPP-Model-Laws-April-2015.pdf

This publication offers guidelines for creating legislation to protect low-income consumers of financial services.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Awards Small Finance Bank Licences to 10 Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the central banking authority of the country, recently has given “in-principle approval”[1] of the requests for Small Finance Bank Licences of the following microfinance institutions (MFIs): Jaipur-based Au Financiers, Jalandhar-based Capital Local Area Bank, Ahmedabad-based Disha Microfin, Chennai-based Equitas, Chennai-based ESAF Microfinance and Investments, Bengaluru-based Janalakshmi Financial Services, Guwahati-based RGVN (North East) Microfinance, Chennai-based Suryoday, Bangalore-based Ujjivan and Varanasi-based Utkarsh.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Commission (EC) Launches EaSI-MicPro, a New Online Information on Microcredit Providers

The European Commission (EC), the executive body of the European Union (EU), recently launched EaSI-MicPro, a new online platform where microcredit providers can present information about their operations.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fidelity Information Services (FIS) Launches “Banking on Demand” Management Information System in India, Targeting Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), Other Small Financial Services Companies

Fidelity Information Services (FIS), a US-based banking and payment technology provider, has launched “Banking on Demand,”[1] a service that uses “shared technology infrastructure”[1] to allow financial services companies to manage their operations without establishing their own banking infrastructure.

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Vision Fund Zambia, Financial Sector Deepening Zambia to Host Online Event on Savings Groups, Microfinance Institutions During Center for Financial Inclusion’s FI2020 Week

Event Name: Zambia Event, FI2020 Week

Event Date: 8 AM – 4 PM CAT, November 4, 2015

Event Location: Online

Event Cost: Free

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Commission, European Investment Fund (EIF) to Guarantee $261m through European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), Supporting 20,000 Microenterprises via Romania’s Nextebank, 5 Western European Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

The European Commission, the European Union’s executive body; the European Investment Fund (EIF), an EU-affiliated provider of finance to organizations that lend to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and six European microfinance institutions (MFIs) recently signed guarantee agreements under the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), an initiative that supports “the modernisation of employment and social policies,”[3] job mobility, microfinance, microenterprises and social inclusion in the European Union.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Asian Development Bank, Small Farmers Development Bank, Nepalese Government Commit $18m for Reconstruction after Earthquakes in Nepal, Including $7m for Microfinance

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), a multilateral development finance institution based in the Philippines; the Small Farmers Development Bank, a wholesale provider of credit to agricultural cooperatives and microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Nepal; and the Nepalese government reportedly approved a financial assistance package of USD 17.8 million for reconstruction, relief and preparedness for future disasters in Nepal following the earthquakes that hit the country in April and May 2015.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fidelity Information Services (FIS) Establishes Financial Inclusion Lab in India to Promote Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, Access to Financial Services

Fidelity Information Services (FIS), a US-based banking and payment technology provider, has established a Financial Inclusion Lab in Bengaluru, India.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigeria’s Joint Farmers Microfinance Bank Launches Operations, Serves 187 Agricultural Cooperative Societies

The Joint Farmers Microfinance Bank (JFMB), a microcredit organization that is based in Oyo, Nigeria, has commenced operations with unspecified number of branches in Abuja, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo and Osun.

MICROFINANCE EVENTS: Inclusive Finance India Summit, December 8-9, 2015; Livelihoods Asia Summit, December 10-11, 2015, New Delhi, India

Event Name: Inclusive Finance India Summit, Livelihoods Asia Summit

Event Date: December 8-9, and December 10-11, 2015, respectively

Event Location: The Ashok and Eros Hotels, New Delhi, India, respectively