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

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: US-Based Sequoia Capital Invests $2m in Equity in Electronic Payment Platform, Citrus Pay

Citrus Pay, a Mumbai-based digital payments service provider, and Ezetap Mobile Solutions, a Bangalore-based mobile payments service provider, have developed electronic payment platforms that address internet security and connectivity challenges, both of which have discouraged Indian consumers from using digital payment methods. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Stree Nidhi to Loan $308m to Self-help Groups in Indian State of Andhra Pradesh in 2013

Stree Nidhi Credit Cooperation Federation Limited, a microfinance bank established by the government of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, recently agreed to loan INR 16.9 billion (USD 308 million) to self-help groups (SHGs) in Andhra Pradesh during the fiscal year ending March 2014. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC), G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) Partner to Launch Online “Women’s Finance Hub”

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the US-based World Bank Group, and the Group of 20’s (G20’s) Global Partnership on Financial Inclusion have partnered to launch the “Women’s Finance Hub,” an online platform to help advance access to finance for women entrepreneurs. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Sells 4.6% Stake of SKS Microfinance to Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Espana for $12m

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS), a banking and insurance company with operations in Europe, North America and Asia, reportedly has sold its 4.6-percent stake in SKS Microfinance, an Indian microfinance institution, through the open market to Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Espana, a subsidiary of US-based Bank of America. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Global Mobile Money Adoption Survey, Eye Care for El Salvador’s “Base of the Pyramid,” Financial Needs in Rwanda

“State of the Industry: Results from the 2012 Mobile Money Adoption Survey;” by Claire Penicuad; published by Global System for Mobile Communications Association’s (GSMA’s) Mobile Money for the Unbanked program; 2012; 36 pages; available at http://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/MMU_State_of_industry.pdf

This report presents the results of the Global Mobile Money Adoption Survey, launched by GSMA’s Mobile Money for the Unbanked program “to allow mobile money service providers to benchmark their performance against their peers in the industry.” Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Caja Rural de Ahorro y Credito (CRAC) Nuestra Gente of Peru Now Controlled by Fundacion Microfinannzas BBVA, to be Merged into Financiera Confianza

The Peruvian Superintendency of Banking, Insurance and Pension Fund Administrators (known as SBS in Spanish) recently approved the merger of two Peruvian microfinance institutions (MFIs) via the absorption of Caja Rural de Ahorro y Credito (CRAC) Nuestra Gente by Financiera Confianza. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Unit Trust of Tanzania Launches UTT Microfinance, Offering Loans up to $30k to Individuals, $1.23m to Businesses

Unit Trust of Tanzania (UTT), a government-owned investment institution, reportedly has launched UTT Microfinance, a microfinance unit that will charge 18 percent annual interest to borrowers and use mobile money platforms for the distribution and repayment of loans. Continue reading