MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) to Loan $16m to ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank of Armenia

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), has notified MicroCapital that it recently disbursed two loans totaling the equivalent of USD 16 million to Agricultural Cooperative Bank of Armenia-Credit Agricole Bank (ACBA), a microfinance bank partially owned by French bank Credit Agricole. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank of India Aims to Increase Financial Inclusion in Unbanked Areas; Number of Indian Villages with Financial Access Tripled to 211k

According to data presented by Deepali Pant Joshi, executive director of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), at the recent International Summit of Skill Development in New Delhi, the number of villages with access to banks has risen from 67,000 in March 2010 to 211,000 in December 2012 out of a total of 600,000 villages in the country. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Opens $112m in Credit Lines to Société Générale Expressbank, Sogelease Bulgaria for On-lending, Leasing to Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises

The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has agreed to loan up to EUR 85 million (USD 111.5 million) to two units of French-based Société Générale Group to finance the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Bulgaria. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC to Advise La Nacional of the Dominican Republic on Strengthening Risk Management, Corporate Governance

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has announced a cooperation agreement with Asociacion La Nacional de Ahorros y Préstamos (La Nacional), a financial institution in the Dominican Republic, to strengthen La Nacional’s risk management and corporate governance practices in an effort to improve its service to its low-income and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) clients. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: In Japan, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Daiwa Issue $97m in Microfinance Bonds Denominated in South African Rand

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, recently issued ZAR 884 million (USD 97.1 million) in microfinance bonds to Japanese retail and institutional investors in an effort to expand financial access to poor people in developing countries. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Incentives for the Introduction of Agents in Colombia by Banca de las Oportunidades;” by Marulanda Consultores, published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor)

By Marulanda Consultores; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); February 2013; 32 pages; available at: http://www.cgap.org/sites/default/files/colombia_agent_subsidy_english.pdf

This report analyzes a set of incentives offered by Banca de las Oportunidades, a government organization in Colombia that aims to increase financial access, to expand networks of “non-banking correspondents” (NBCs) to reach unbanked areas. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Policy Brief: Advancing African Women’s Financial Inclusion;” published by Making Finance Work for Africa, GIZ, New Faces New Voices, East African Community, BMZ

Published by Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), New Faces New Voices, East African Community, Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ); 2012; 40 pages; available at: http://www.gbaforwomen.org/images/library/873/Advancing-Womens-financial-inclusion-Final-English.pdf

This report presents an analysis of the potential positive impacts of advancing African women’s financial inclusion, including more inclusive and sustainable economic growth and higher levels of productive investment and asset accumulation. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL EVENT: Microcredit Summit Campaign, Microfinance Council of the Philippines to Host 2013 Partnerships Against Poverty Summit, October 9-11, 2013, Manila, Philippines

Event Name: 2013 Partnerships Against Poverty Summit

Event Date: October 9-11, 2013

Event Location: Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: responsAbility Loans $8m to Banco Pichincha of Ecuador

ResponsAbility Social Investments, a Swiss investment company, has notified MicroCapital that it recently disbursed loans totaling USD 8 million to Banco Pichincha of Ecuador, a commercial bank that offers financial services to corporations; retailers; and micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Hasal Microfinance Bank of Nigeria Leases $37k in Farming Equipment to Integrated Rice Farmers Association

Hasal Microfinance Bank Limited, a Nigerian microfinance institution (MFI), reportedly has provided NGN 6 million (USD 37,900) in asset financing to the Integrated Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, a group of rice farmers based in the Nigerian state of Nassarawa, for farming equipment intended to boost productivity. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Launches $100m Credit Line for Russian Residential Energy Efficiency Improvements, Center-Invest Bank Borrows $24m

The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently launched an energy efficiency credit line valued at USD 100 million to be on-lent via local private banks to benefit individual Russian households, housing associations, management companies, maintenance service providers, condominiums and energy service companies (ESCOs). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Cambodian Microfinance Institution Hattha Kaksekar Launches SmartVista E-Payment Service from BPC

Hattha Kaksekar Limited, a Cambodian microfinance institution (MFI), recently announced its launch of SmartVista, an electronic payments solution created by Banking Production Centre (BPC) Banking Technologies, a mobile technology solutions provider with offices in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Russia. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Multilateral Investment Fund to Invest $5.8 million in Equity in Nxtp Labs of Argentina to Support Technology Start-Ups in Latin America

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the US-based IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) Group, recently approved a USD 5 million equity investment and USD 750,000 in technical assistance for Nxtp Labs, an Argentina-based company that provides seed funding for entrepreneurs in Latin America seeking to establish technology-based businesses in exchange for an equity stake worth between two and ten percent. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation, Bank of Shanghai Launch $80m Loan, Advisory Program Supporting Energy Upgrades for Small, Medium-sized Enterprises

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has provided a finance facility totaling CNY 500 million (USD 80 million) to China’s Bank of Shanghai to on-lend to energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in China. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: $10.4m Uganda Rural Challenge Fund to Issue Matching Grants to Financial Institutions Developing New Financial Products

The Uganda Rural Challenge Fund, the first part of the 3-year Rural Finance Enhancement Programme (RFEP) of German development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) Bankengruppe, recently was launched by German ambassador to Uganda Klaus-Dieter Duxmann. Continue reading