MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Incofin Investment Management’s Rural Impulse Fund (RIF) Acquires 15% Equity Stake in Financiera El Comercio (FIELCO) From Accion Gateway Fund

Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), which is managed by Belgian microfinance fund manager Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM), recently announced that it has acquired a 15.3-percent stake in Financiera El Comercio (FIELCO), a microfinance institution focused on rural and agricultural markets in Paraguay. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Kenya Women’s Finance Trust (KWFT) Receives $16m in Equity Investments from Incofin’s Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), Norwegian Microfinance Initiative (NMI) Fund III, NMI Frontier Fund

Kenya Women’s Finance Trust (KWFT), a Kenyan microfinance institution (MFI) that was established in 1982, recently announced that it has received equity investments totaling KES 1.37 billion (USD 16 million) from three funds: a total of KES 692 million (USD 8 million) from the Norwegian Microfinance Initiative (NMI) Frontier Fund and NMI Fund III, with the remaining KES 692 million (USD 8 million) placed by the Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), which is managed by Belgian microfinance fund manager Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: LeapFrog Invests $29m in Equity in Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) Capital of India

LeapFrog Investments, a for-profit private equity fund based in Mauritius that invests in microfinance, reportedly has invested USD 29 million in return for a minority stake of undisclosed size in the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) Capital, an Indian non-banking financial company that facilitates funding for organizations that serve low-income people. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Loans $29m to Center-Invest Bank (CIB) of Russia for On-lending to Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Southern Russia

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the World Bank Group, has loaned RUB 900 million (USD 29 million) to Center-Invest Bank (CIB), a Russian commercial bank, for on-lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in southern Russia. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: European Microfinance Network (EMN) to Host 11th Annual Conference, June 19 – 20, 2014, Lisbon, Portugal

Event Name: European Microfinance Network (EMN) 11th Annual Conference

Event Date: June 19 – 20, 2014

Event Location: Sana Lisboa Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Disburses Syndicated Loan of $125m to Sri Lanka’s National Development Bank (NDB)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the US-based World Bank Group, recently disbursed a four-year syndicated loan of USD 125 million to National Development Bank (NDB), which is owned by the government of Sri Lanka, in an effort to improve access to funds for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Sri Lanka. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Dutch Development Bank Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappijvoor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO) Loans $10m to Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB)

The Dutch development bank Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappijvoor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO) recently signed an agreement to loan USD 10 million to Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB), a commercial bank in Kyrgyzstan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India-based Five Star Raises Equity Financing from Matrix to Expand Branch Network, Increase Lending to Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

Five Star Business Credits (Five Star), an Indian non-bank financial company that lends to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the country, recently announced that it has raised an undisclosed sum in equity financing from Matrix Partners India, the Indian subsidiary of US-based private equity firm Matrix Partners. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Branchless Banking Transactions in Pakistan Quintuple in Value to $8b

According to a report entitled “Access to Finance in Pakistan” that was recently published by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the nation’s central bank, the total value of branchless banking (BB) transactions in Pakistan during 2013 increased by PKY 651 billion (USD 6.73 billion) over the previous year, reaching PKY 802 billion (USD 8.29 billion). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Truelift Updates Truelift Indicators Tool for Assessing Pro-poor Focus of Microfinance Institutions

Truelift, an initiative that recognises institutions that exhibit commitment to the “pro-poor objective of microfinance,” has announced an updated version of its Truelift Indicators Tool, a set of criteria intended to assess how much microfinance institutions (MFIs) meet the needs of low-income people [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Buksh Foundation, Kiva Announce Partnership to Support Microentrepreneurs in Pakistan

The Buksh Foundation (BF), a nonprofit microfinance institution (MFI) in Pakistan, and Kiva Microfunds, a US-based nonprofit online fundraising portal for MFIs, have announced a partnership to support microentrepreneurs in an effort to achieve development sector goals and alleviate poverty in the country. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) of Malaysia to Increase Banking Agent Network to 7,500

Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN), a government-owned commercial bank that provides traditional and Islamic banking services in Malaysia, recently announced that it will increase its number of banking agents from approximately 5,000 to 7,500 by the end of 2014. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Offers $5m Credit Line to FINCA for Lending in Kyrgyz Republic

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, England, recently announced that it will extend a credit line of USD 5 million to FINCA Kyrgyzstan, a unit of US-based microfinance nonprofit FINCA International. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Government Efforts to Achieve Financial Inclusion in India; Index-based Insurance in South, Southeast Asia; Microinsurance Claims Management

“Report of the Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low Income Households;” published by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI); December 31, 2013; 247 pages; available at http://rbidocs.rbi.org.in/rdocs/PublicationReport/Pdfs/CFS070114RFL.pdf

This report was authored by the Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low Income Households, which was appointed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in September 2013 to propose measures for increasing access to financial services in India. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) to Host “SOCAP14,” September 2 – 5, 2014, San Francisco, California, USA

Event Name: Social Capital Markets “SOCAP14”

Event Date: September 2 – 5, 2014

Event Location: Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California, USA Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Applications Open for University Meets Microfinance (UMM) Scholarships for Students Seeking Field Experience in Developing Countries, Awards for Doctoral and Master Theses in Financial Inclusion

University Meets Microfinance (UMM), an initiative co-founded by Germany-based university, Freie Universitat Berlin (FUB), and France-based nonprofit, PlaNet Finance, recently announced that it is accepting applications for the “University Meets Microfinance (UMM) Scholarships & Awards 2014.” Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Water, Sanitation and Microfinance Toolkit 1: Introduction to Opportunities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance,” Published by Water.org, MicroSave

“Water, Sanitation and Microfinance Toolkit 1: Introduction to Opportunities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance;” published by Water.org and MicroSave, 2013, 75 pages, available at http://www.washmicrofinance.org/

Water insecurity and unhygienic sanitation practices pose significant health and financial risks in the developing world. Continue reading