MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Myanmar Licences First Private Insurers

The Myanmar government reportedly has granted operating licenses to five insurance companies in line with its financial reform policy. International Kanbawza Insurance, a subsidiary of Kanbawza Bank (KBZ) is the first insurance company to have started operation in the city of Yangon, providing both standard insurance and microinsurance[1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considering $85m Facility for DeltaCredit Bank of Russia for Residential Mortgage Loans

The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently revealed the pending approval of a finance facility of up to the equivalent of USD 85 million disbursed in a mix of USD and RUB to DeltaCredit Bank, a commercial bank in Russia that specializes in mortgages for residential housing loans. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Advans SA to Create Tunisian Microfinance Institution Advans Tunisie

Advans SA SICAR (Advans SA), a microfinance investment vehicle managed by Horus Development Finance of France, recently announced plans to start Advans Tunisie, a microfinance institution (MFI) that will apply for a license from the Tunisian Ministry of Finance with the aim of launching before December 2013. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: AccessBank of Azerbaijan Receives $60m Syndicated Loan from FMO, OeEb, PROPARCO

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappijvoor Ontwikkelingslanden NV (FMO), a Dutch development finance institution, recently notified MicroCapital that it has arranged a USD 60 million syndicated loan facility for AccessBank, a for-profit microfinance institution located in Azerbaijan. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considers $100m Loan to Sberbank Kazakhstan (SBK) for Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based development finance institution, is reviewing a proposal to invest KZT 15 billion (USD 100 million) in the Subsidiary Bank Sberbank of Russia Joint Stock Company (SBK) in Kazakhstan, a commercial banking subsidiary of Sberbank of Russia, to increase financial access for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Kazakhstan. The EBRD board of directors will consider the proposal in July 2013. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Microcredit in Mexico, Impact Investing and Microfinance, Microinsurance and Preventing Child Labor

 “Win Some Lose Some? Evidence from a Randomized Microcredit Program Placement Experiment by Compartamos Banco;” by Manuela Angelucci, Dean Karlan and Jonathan Zinman; published by Innovations for Poverty Action; May 2013; 68 pages; available at: https://poverty-action.org/sites/default/files/ipa_winsomelosesome_release_0.pdf

This paper presents an analysis of whether microcredit products are counterproductive to promoting economic empowerment, especially when such products are offered at high interest rates. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considers $25m Loan to Mongolia’s Khan Bank for Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based development finance institution, is reviewing a proposal to invest USD 25 million in Khan Bank, a Mongolian institution, to provide funding for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Mongolia. Khan Bank classifies 51 to 60 percent of its operations as microfinance. The EBRD board of directors will consider the proposal in July 2013. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Extends $10m Loan, $8m Trade-Finance Credit Line to Banco Financiera Centroamericana (Ficensa) of Honduras for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced that it will provide a USD 10 million senior loan and a USD 8 million trade-finance credit line to Banco Financiera Centroamericana (Ficensa), a Honduran financial institution, for on-lending to small and medium-sized businesses. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Citing Bank Delays, Kenya’s Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) to Boost Direct Lending to Young Entrepreneurs

The Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF), a Kenyan state corporation established in 2006 that provides loans for youth-owned or youth-focused enterprises, reportedly has applied for a deposit-taking microfinance license from the Central Bank of Kenya, and will increase its focus on providing loans directly to young entrepreneurs in Kenya. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Loans $106m to Banca Comerciala Romania (BCR) for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral institution, recently approved a EUR 80 million (USD 106 million) loan to Banca Comerciala Romania (BCR), a member of Austria-based financial service provider Erste Group Bank AG, for on-lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Romania. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Audiovisual Mass Media Campaigns for Insurance Education: Stages and Lessons;” by Sarah Bel, Mariana Pinzon Caicedo; published by Microinsurance Innovation Facility, International Labour Organization

By Sarah Bel and Mariana Pinzon Caicedo; published by the Microinsurance Innovation Facility and the International Labour Organization; 2013; 55 pages; available at: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/mifacility/download/mpaper21.pdf

This paper presents an analysis of the potential role of mass media campaigns in allowing microinsurance sellers to provide cost-efficient programs offering information about insurance products and services to low-income households. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to Guarantee $664m to Vnesheconom Bank (VEB) for Financing Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based development finance institution, is reviewing a proposal to guarantee loans of EUR 500 million (USD 664 million) to be disbursed by Vnesheconombank (VEB), a development bank owned by the government of Russia, to provide funding for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) through partner banks. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Jamaica’s Ministry of Finance Delays Microfinance Institutions’ Exemptions from Money Lending Act, Blocking Wholesale Funding from Development Bank of Jamaica

Members of the Jamaica Micro Financing Association (JaMFA), a committee of eight microfinance institutions formed in 2008, reportedly have had their access to relatively cheap wholesale funds from the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), a state-owned bank, blocked due to delays in the Ministry of Finance in renewing their exemptions from the Money Lending Act, a law established in Jamaica in 1938 [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $9.3m to Mikrofin Banja Luka, MF Banka of Bosnia and Herzegovina for Micro- and Small Enterprise (MSE) in Rural Areas

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based government-backed investor in microfinance, has loaned a total of EUR 7 million (USD 9.3 million) to Mikrofin Banja Luka, a microfinance institution based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and MF Banka, a subsidiary of Mikrofin formed in 2010, for on-lending to micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) in rural areas. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Loan $4m to Mikrokreditna Fondacija Mi-Bospo of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), recently notified MicroCapital that it has opened a EUR 1.5 million (USD 1.9 million) credit line for Mikrokreditna Fondacija Mi-Bospo, a microlender in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) that loans exclusively to women [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considering $100m in Loans for National Bank of Egypt for Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises; Trade Finance

The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently revealed the pending approval of a finance facility of up to USD 100 million for the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), which is wholly owned by the Egyptian government. Continue reading