MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: C-Quadrat’s Dual Return Funds Loan $9.6m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Bolivia, Cambodia, Columbia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Paraguay, Zimbabwe

During April 2016, Austria’s C-Quadrat Asset Management GmbH issued loans worth the equivalent of USD 9.6 million via its two Dual Return Funds to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Bolivia, Cambodia, Columbia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Paraguay and Zimbabwe. USD 2 million of this total was invested in an MFI based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which has 181 service points and provides financial services to clients in rural regions of the country. Financial information on the organization is not available. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Equator Capital Acquires Minority Interest in Kenya’s Jamii Bora Bank

Equator Capital Partners LLC, a US-based fund manager, through its fund ShoreCap II Limited, recently acquired a minority interest in Jamii Bora Bank Limited, a commercial bank based in Kenya whose customer base is made up primarily of micro-savers and borrowers. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fairassets, Owner of Indian On-line Peer-to-Peer Lender Faircent, Sells Equity Stakes to Investors Including JM Financial, Aarin Capital, M&S Partners

JM Financial Limited, a financial services firm based in India, recently announced that it has acquired, through its subsidiary, JM Financial Products Limited, a 9.84-percent equity stake in Fairassets Technologies India Proprietary Limited, a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IDB Approves $120m Loan for Chile for Factoring, Cooperatives, Leasing for MSMEs

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a US-based multilateral finance institution that operates in Latin America and the Caribbean, recently approved a loan of USD 120 million to the Chilean government to finance the development of micro-, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). The loan is divided into three parts: (1) USD 50 million for factoring to “fund eligible entities that neither belong to nor are associated with banks”; (2) USD 50 million to lend to “eligible Savings and Lending Cooperatives”; and (3) USD 20 million for “eligible leasing companies that neither belong to nor are associated with a bank to help them finance MSMEs…” Factoring is a process whereby a company sells future goods or services at a discount in return for immediate cash. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MoneyGram Expands Operations in Equatorial Guinea Through 15 BANGE Branches

MoneyGram International, a US-based money transfer company, recently announced it has expanded its operations in Equatorial Guinea by launching services at 15 locations of Banco Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial (BANGE), a government-controlled bank. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Brazil’s CODEFAT Announces $1.4b Credit Line PROGER Urbano–Capital de Giro for Micro-, Small Businesses

The Conselho Deliberativo do Fundo de Amparo ao Trabalhador (CODEFAT, translated as Deliberative Council of the Worker Support Fund), a unit of the Brazilian government, recently announced a line of credit totalling BRL 5 billion (approximately USD 1.4 billion) to be made available as working capital for companies earning annual gross revenues of up to BRL 3.6 million (approximately USD 1 million). Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: Guidance on the Application of the Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision to Institutions Relevant to Financial Inclusion, published by the Basel Committee

“Guidance on the Application of the Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision to the Regulation and Supervision of Institutions Relevant to Financial Inclusion”, published by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, December 2015, 55 pages, available at http://www.bis.org/bcbs/publ/d351.pdf Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FINCA, First Access Partner in Africa on Alternative Credit Scoring, Incorporating Mobile Phone Usage

FINCA Microfinance Holding Company, an arm of US-based nonprofit microfinance network FINCA International, and First Access, a US-based financial technology company, recently partnered to create an alternative credit-scoring system to serve the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. This system aims to “establish credit scores for low-income clients who lack sufficient formal credit history to secure small loans to build businesses or support emerging personal needs.” Specific information on exactly how this system works is unavailable, but First Access typically analyzes demographic, geographic, financial and social aspects of clients’ mobile phone usage to predict credit risk. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $22m to Fibabanka of Turkey to Support Micro-, Small-scale Agriculture

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), recently announced it has loaned Fibabanka, a Turkish commercial bank, EUR 20 million (approximately USD 22 million) to finance micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) working in the Turkish agricultural sector. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Ecobank, Old Mutual Partner to Distribute Microinsurance in Africa

Ecobank Group, an arm of Togo-based Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), and Old Mutual Emerging Markets, an arm of South Africa’s Old Mutual Group, recently announced an agreement to provide Ecobank’s customers with Old Mutual’s “life insurance, savings and short-term insurance solutions across a greater network on the African continent.” Specific plans for the rollout have not been released. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) Connects Deposit-taking Microfinance Institutions, Banks Through FAST Transfers; Increases Capital Requirements

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), the country’s central bank, recently announced various initiatives expected to boost Cambodia’s microfinance industry. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Alibaba’s Ant Financial Raises $4.5b from Investors Including China Life, China Post Group, China Development Bank Capital, Primavera Capital Group to Expand Services in Rural Areas

Ant Financial Services Group, an online lender affiliated with Alibaba Group Holdings Limited, a Chinese e-commerce company, recently completed a Series B equity raise of USD 4.5 billion. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: ResponsAbility Investments Loans $15m to Trustco of Namibia for Education Funding

ResponsAbility Investments AG, a Swiss company specializing in investments in areas such as fair trade, recently informed MicroCapital that it has agreed to loan USD 15 million to Trustco Group Holdings Limited (Trustco), a company based in Windhoek, Namibia, that specializes in microfinance, micro-insurance and financial education. Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: June 1 is Deadline for $114k European Microfinance Award: “Microfinance and Access to Education”

June 1 is the deadline to apply for the seventh European Microfinance Award, which is themed “Microfinance and Access to Education” and includes the opportunity to win EUR 100,000 (approximately USD 114,000). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Tanzania’s National Microfinance Bank (NMB) Selling $9m in Bonds for On-lending

The National Microfinance Bank (NMB), an institution backed by the government of Tanzania, recently began offering retail bonds in amounts starting at TZS 500,000 (USD 228) with a 13 percent interest rate per annum. The bond issuance, which has been approved by the country’s Capital Markets and Securities Authority (CMSA), will remain open until June 8, 2016. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MoneyGram, Millicom’s Tigo Money Launch Mobile Cash Service in El Salvador

MoneyGram International, a US-based money transfer company, recently partnered with Tigo Money, the primary product of the Sweden-based telecommunications company Millicom, to “launch mobile cash receiv[ing] services into more than 1 million Tigo Money mobile wallets in El Salvador.” Tigo Money is available in 17 countries in Africa and Latin America, providing mobile money services such as bill payment, money transfer, mobile phone credit top up and merchant payments. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC Invests $25m in Debt in First National Bank Zambia, Primarily For Agricultural SMEs

International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, recently loaned USD 25 million to First National Bank Zambia (FNB Zambia), a subsidiary of FirstRand Group South Africa. Continue reading

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