MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Loans $1m to Transcapital Financial Services (TFS) of Mongolia to Support Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises

The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently signed a deal with Mongolian microfinance institution (MFI) Transcapital Financial Services (TFS) to provide a local-currency loan of MNT 1.62 billion (USD 1 million) for on-lending to microenterprises throughout Mongolia. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA), Banking Production Centre (BPC) Banking Technologies Group Partner to Provide Electronic Money in Palestine

The Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA), the territory’s central bank, with the help of the Banking Production Centre (BPC) Banking Technologies Group, a Russia-based e-payment solutions provider for the financial industry, plans to launch a national electronic payment system in an effort to transition Palestine away from its current cash and check system. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of Nigeria Launches $1.3b Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the country’s central banking authority, reportedly has launched a NGN 220 billion (USD 1.3 billion) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Development Fund, which is intended to offer loans to microfinance institutions (MFIs) at an interest rate of 9 percent or less per year [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sanad Fund for MSME Loans $1m to Middle East Micro Credit Company (MEMCC) of Jordan to Expand Lending Services

The Sanad Fund for MSME (micro-, small, and medium-enterprises), a Luxembourg-based initiative that invests in financial institutions in the Middle East and North Africa, recently provided a local-currency loan of JOD 709,000 (USD 1 million) to the Middle East Micro Credit Company (MEMCC), a Jordan-based for-profit development institution that operates under Global Communities, provides loans to micro-, small, and medium-sized enterprises, to further expand its lending services [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Macedonian Aspekt, Bosnian EKI Sign Deal to Implement Microfinance Software

Aspekt, a Macedonia-based computer technology company, has signed an agreement with Microcredit Foundation EKI, a Bosnia-based microcredit foundation that aims to reduce poverty in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to implement Aspekt’s microfinance software solution to support EKI’s microcredit services [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MasterCard, South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) Distribute 10m Biometrically Secured Debit Cards to Social Grant Beneficiaries

MasterCard Incorporated, a US-based global payments and technology company, and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), a government-funded organization that distributes social grant funds, have distributed 10 million active MasterCard debit cards to individual beneficiaries in South Africa, replacing cash payments. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) Lend $3.5m to TBC Kredit of Azerbaijan for Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises

The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently reported that it will lend USD 2.5 million to Tbilisi Business Centre (TBC) Kredit LLC, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Azerbaijan, to support on-lending micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Azerbaijan. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Fiserv Extend Mobile Money Services to Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ), an Australia-based bank, and Fiserv, a US-based financial services technology provider, reportedly have partnered to provide mobile money services to people lacking access to traditional financial services in Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.  Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) to Invest Up To $28m in Trustco of Namibia for Higher Education, Insurance in Africa

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced plans to make an investment of ZAR 300 million (USD 28.8 million) in Trustco Group Holdings, a Namibia-based company specializing in microcredit and microinsurance, to increase the number of student loans in Namibia and expand microinsurance into unspecified countries in Sub-Saharan Africa [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Gate Global Impact Partners with Greenearth.travel to Increase Funding to Developing Country Tourism

In August 2013, Gate Global Impact Incorporated, a US-based subsidiary of Gate Technologies that provides market infrastructure for the impact investment industry, and Greenearth.travel, a Belgian company that aims to create partnerships to promote environmentally friendly economic growth and tourism, collaborated to develop GATEtrip, an impact investment platform for the tourism sector in developing countries [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Bank Group, National Housing Bank, Government of India Sign $100m Agreement for Low-Income Housing Finance Project

The World Bank Group, a US-based international financial institution; the National Housing Bank (NHB), an Indian bank and regulatory authority; and the government of India recently signed a USD 100 million credit agreement for a Low-Income Housing Finance Project, which will aim to improve accessibility to housing loans for low-income households in India to purchase, build or renovate homes. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bharti Airtel, MicroEnsure Launch Mobile Microinsurance Service in Africa

Bharti Airtel, an Indian telecommunications services provider with operations in 150 countries, has partnered with MicroEnsure, a UK-based nonprofit microinsurance intermediary, to provide MicroEnsure’s microinsurance services to Airtel customers in Africa via mobile phone. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Beneficiaries of Jamaica’s Program of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) to Receive Mobile Money Payments

The Jamaican government reportedly has announced a plan to begin disbursing mobile money payments to beneficiaries of its Program of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), a conditional cash transfer (CCT) program established in partnership with the US-based World Bank Group that provides grants for health and education to qualified need-based applicants. Continue reading