MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Loans $5m in Local Currency to Converse Bank of Armenia to Support Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution based in London, England, is providing a local-currency loan equivalent to USD 5 million (approximately AMD 2 billion) to Converse Bank CJSC, a closed joint stock company in Armenia. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: E-Commerce Companies 360buy, Suning Appliance to Offer Consumption Loans in China to Compete with Alibaba

Chinese electronic commerce (e-commerce) companies 360buy and Suning Appliance reportedly are preparing to enter the lending sector to compete with Alibaba, another Chinese e-commerce corporation that operates a financing company to facilitate its customers’ purchases. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: EIF Joint Action to Support Microfinance Institutions (JASMINE) Offers Technical Assistance to European Microcredit Providers

The Joint Action to Support Microfinance Institutions (JASMINE) program, a joint initiative by the European Investment Fund, the European Parliament and the European Commission, has put out a call for expressions of interest to European microcredit providers wishing to benefit from its technical assistance program in 2013. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Property Microinsurance in Colombia, Portfolio Reviews for Microfinance Funders, Microfinance Rating Comparability

MILK Brief #18: Doing the Math with Property Microinsurance in Coastal Colombia;” by Barbara Magnoni and Derek Poulton; published by Microinsurance Centre; October 2012; 2 pages; available at: http://www.microinsurancecentre.org/milk-project/milk-docs/doc_details/914-condensed-milk-18-doing-the-math-with-property-microinsurance-in-coastal-colombia.html Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Centum, Cassia Acquire 45% Stake in Parent of Platinum Credit, Lender in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania

Centum Investment Company (Centum), a private Kenyan investment company, and Cassia Capital Partners, a US-based investment advising company, recently acquired a 45-percent stake in Platcorp Holdings Limited, the parent company of Platinum Credit Limited, a lender that operates in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Smart Campaign Launches Certification of Microfinance Institutions Regarding Client Protection

The Smart Campaign, a consumer-protection initiative launched in 2010 by US-based nonprofit Accion, recently released a Client Protection Certification Program that aims to verify that financial institutions serving the world’s poor people are focused on the fair treatment of clients. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: AlHuda Center for Islamic Banking and Economics, VisionFund AzerCredit to Conduct Market Research in Advance of Possible Launch of Islamic Microfinance in Azerbaijan

The nonprofit AlHuda Center for Islamic Banking and Economics (CIBE) has signed an agreement with VisionFund AzerCredit, a non-bank financial institution in Azerbaijan and subsidiary of US-based NGO VisionFund International, to conduct market research in urban areas of Azerbaijan regarding the demand for Islamic microfinance. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation Paying $2m for Stake in Arm of Cambodia’s ACLEDA Bank Being Established in Myanmar

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has agreed to disburse USD 2 million to ACLEDA Bank, a Cambodia-based commercial bank, to set up a microfinance institution (MFI) in Myanmar. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Number of Mobile Money Subscribers in Kenya Down 1%, Total Transaction Value Up 7% During Quarter Ending September 2012

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), a state-owned regulatory authority for the communications industry in the country, has released a report showing that the number of mobile money service subscribers dropped by 200,000 to 19.3 million between July and September 2012. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Loans $1.35m to LandesLease of Albania to Support Small and Medium-sized Enteprises (SMEs)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), an international finance institution headquartered in London, has provided a five-year loan of EUR 1 million (USD 1.35 million) Albanian leasing company LandesLease. Continue reading