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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FinMark Trust 2012 FinScope South Africa Survey: Banking Population Increased from 63% to 67% in Past Year

According to the recent FinScope South Africa survey from South African nonprofit FinMark Trust, 22.5 million individuals over the age of 16 are part of South Africa’s banking population, which is equivalent to 67 percent of the country’s adult population. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: isePankur.com Now Connecting Lenders From Across Europe With Borrowers in Estonia

IsePankur, an Estonian online lending platform allowing individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises to borrow and lend to each other, recently began allowing anyone within the European Union to loan as little as EUR 5 (USD 6.40) to individuals and organizations in Estonia. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Brazil Doubles Microfinance Loan Ceiling to $19,000

Brazil’s National Monetary Council, a body charged with regulating and monitoring Brazilian capital markets and financial institutions, recently increased the limit for each microcredit loan from BRL 20,000 (USD 9,840) to BRL 40,000 (USD 19,677). Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Commits Technical Assistance To Indian Credit Bureau, High Mark

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the World Bank Group, recently agreed to provide technical assistance to High Mark, an Indian credit bureau, in an effort to encourage microfinance lenders in India to use credit bureaus in assessing the repayment capacity of borrowers. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management Dual Return Funds Loan $5m to Microfinance Institutions in Ecuador, Peru

Absolute Portfolio Management GmbH (APM), an Austrian investment company that specializes in asset allocation, analysis and management as well as microfinance, recently disbursed loans to four microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Peru and one in Ecuador. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A), Munich Re Foundation Survey: African Microinsurance Tripled in 3 Years

A recent study being released this week by Making Finance Work For Africa (MFW4A), an initiative that aims to coordinate financial sector development among African governments, and Munich Re Foundation, the charitable arm of the German reinsurance company, indicates the microinsurance market in Africa has grown by 200 percent in the past 3 years. Continue Reading »

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Monday, November 5, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Habitat for Humanity, Citi Foundation, Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) Unveil The Housing Microfinance: Product Development Toolkit

Habitat for Humanity, a US-based nonprofit organization, and Citi Foundation, the charitable arm of US-based financial services provider Citigroup, recently unveiled “The Housing Microfinance: Product Development Toolkit” in an effort to increase lending to improve housing for poor people worldwide. Continue Reading »

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Monday, November 5, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank Mandiri, Pos Indonesia Open Joint Microcredit-Postal Branch in East Java

Bank Mandiri, a government-owned provider of financial services to private and state-owned businesses as well as individuals and microentrepreneurs, recently opened its first office in Sidoarjo, East Java, as part of its partnership with Pos Indonesia, the national postal service. Continue Reading »

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Monday, November 5, 2012

MICROCAPITAL EVENT: Centre for Microfinance Holds Third Microfinance Summit, Kathmandu, Nepal, February 14 – February 16, 2013

Event Name: 3rd Microfinance Summit Nepal

Event Date: February 14 – February 16, 2013

Event Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Continue Reading »

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Monday, November 5, 2012

MICROCAPITAL EVENT: Clarion Hosts Mobile Money Global 2012 at Connected World Forum, November 19-November 22, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Event Name: Mobile Money Global 2012

Event Date: November 19 – November 22, 2012

Event Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Continue Reading »

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Monday, November 5, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Applied Industrial Logic Adds Microinsurance Capabilities to Open-source Software “OpenQuote”

Applied Industrial Logic (AIL), UK-based information technology company specializing in serving the insurance market, recently informed MicroCapital that it is currently building OpenQuote 2.0, an open-source software package with features intended to be of particular interest to microinsurance firms including microinsurance-specific policy administration, claims management, reporting and distribution channel support. Continue Reading »

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Monday, November 5, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Lack of Law and Order Causes Microfinance Institution (MFI) Ujjivan of India to Put Lending Operations on Hold in Parts of Bihar

Ujjivan Financial Services, a Bangalore-based microfinance institution (MFI), recently put its lending operations on hold in the districts Vaishali and Muzaffarpur in the Indian state of Bihar after an October attack on its customer relations officer, Achchhe Lal Prasad. Continue Reading »

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management Dual Return Fund Loans $2.5m to KazMicroFinance of Kazakhstan, Imon International of Tajikistan, Frontiers of Kyrgyzstan, Thaneakea Phum of Cambodia

Absolute Portfolio Management GmbH (APM), Austrian-based investment and asset management company that offers microfinance institutions (MFIs) financing and investment strategy advisory services, recently disbursed a loan of USD 1 million to KazMicroFinance (KMF), a microfinance institution (MFI) in Kazakhstan, via the Dual Return Fund, a sub-fund of Vision Microfinance created by APM that issues direct loans to MFIs in developing countries. Continue Reading »

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Seeks Input On Capacity Building For Financial Inclusion

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a US-based nonprofit policy and research center dedicated to advancing financial access for poor people worldwide, is calling for interested individuals to respond to a short survey designed to clarify the demand for and the supply of capacity building services needed to advance financial inclusion.  Continue Reading »

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Share, Asmitha of India, Again Looking to Merge

Share Microfin Limited and Asmitha Microfin Limited, two microfinance institutions (MFIs) based in Hyderabad, India, reportedly have rekindled efforts to execute a merger. Continue Reading »

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Friday, November 2, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Vodafone’s M-Pesa Mobile Money Service to Expand International Options with HomeSend Partnership

Vodafone, a UK-based telecommunications company, and Safaricom, a Kenya-based cell phone service provider, reportedly plan to expand its mobile money program M-Pesa by linking it with HomeSend, a Belgian-based service that increases the inter-compatibility of money transfer systems. Continue Reading »

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Friday, November 2, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Dual Return-Vision Microfinance Fund Invests $3.2m in FINCA Russia, AzerCredit of Azerbaijan, Bank Constanta of Georgia, Mikrofin of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Absolute Portfolio Management GmbH (APM), an Austrian investment company that specializes in microfinance and asset management, recently disbursed USD 3.2 million in loans to microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina through a microfinance investment vehicle that it manages, the Dual Return-Vision Microfinance Fund. Continue Reading »

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Friday, November 2, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Vietnam’s Ministry of Health and Social Insurance to Provide Free Health Insurance to Poor People

The Ministry of Health of Vietnam and Vietnam Social Insurance, a government-funded organization that offers insurance to workers, reportedly will issue health insurance cards free of charge to families living close to or below the poverty line. Continue Reading »

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