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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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Thursday, November 1, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Global Initiative Microfinance Bank (GIMFB) of Nigeria Turns to Group Lending to Cut Default Rate

The Global Initiative Microfinance Bank Limited (GIMFB), a Nigerian microfinance bank (MFB), reportedly has released two new products with the aim of minimizing bad debt: GIMFB village banking and GIMFB medal deposit accounts. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: SME Business Support Fund, Kashf Microfinance Bank Partner

SME Business Support Fund, a nonprofit organisation that assists small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as business development service providers (BDSPs), recently partnered with Kashf Microfinance Bank in an effort to create viable business support models that will encourage self employment in Pakistan. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Microfinance Network Accepting Proposals To Present On “Microfinance as a Tool of Active Ageing”

The European Microfinance Network (EMN), a France-based NGO whose mission is to promote microfinance, microentrepreneurship and self employment to fight social and economic exclusion, recently announced plans to hold a debate on the topic “Microfinance as a tool of active ageing” on December 14, 2012, in Brussels. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Equitas of India Receives $9.3m from MicroVentures, India Financial Inclusion Funds

Equitas Holdings, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Chennai, India, raised INR 500 million (USD 9.26 million) from MicroVentures India and India Financial Inclusion Fund, two funds dedicated to supporting the Indian microfinance industry. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Koota of India Looks to Expand into Housing Microfinance

Grameen Koota, a India-based microfinance division of Grameen Financial Services Private Limited (GFSPL), plans to expand into housing microfinance in areas of rural India that have limited microfinance institution (MFI) penetration. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FinScope Rwanda Survey Indicates Rise in Rural Lending Penetration to 58%, Reaches Savings to 68%

FinMark Trust, a South African  nonprofit, recently released the FinScope Rwanda report titled “Financial Inclusion in Rwanda 2008-2012″, which indicates a growing demand for loans in rural Rwanda. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) to Make $4m Equity Investment in Vox Capital Impact Investing Fund of Brazil for Social Businesses, SMEs

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, recently announced that it will make a USD 4 million equity investment in Vox Capital Impact Investing Fund, a Brazilian venture capital fund targeting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups that serve the low-income population, also referred to as the base of the pyramid (BoP). Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MICROFINANCE PAPER-WRAP UP: “The Jipange KuSave Experiment in Kenya;” by Sarah Rotman, David Ferrand, Stephen Rasmussen; published by CGAP

By Sarah Rotman, David Ferrand, Stephen Rasmussen; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); October 2012; 4 pages; available at:http://www.cgap.org/sites/default/files/CGAP-Brief-The-Jipange-KuSave-Experiment-in-Kenya-Oct-2012.pdf Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Western Union, ICICI Bank, MasterCard Unveil Prepaid Card in India

Western Union, a US-based financial services and communications company; ICICI Bank, a commercial bank in India;and Mastercard, a global payments and technology company  recently launched the Western Union- ICICI Bank Prepaid Card in India. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Banks in Mongolia Back Movable Collateral Reforms in Effort to Boost Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Lending

The Mongolian Bankers Association (MBA), a nonprofit association of  financial institutions in Mongolia; the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the World Bank Group; and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a development finance institution headquartered in London, recently  hosted a roundtable event to deliberate on lending  reforms with respect to broadening  access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other borrowers in Mongolia. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation Aims to Boost Entrepreneurship in Romania with $10m Loan to Patria Credit

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the World Bank Group, recently agreed to loan RON 36.6 million (USD 10.3 million) to Patria Credit, a non-banking microfinance institution in Romania, with the goal of enhancing access to finance for micro- and small-scale entrepreneurs in Romania. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Yavuz Sariyildiz Wins CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Photography Contest

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a US-based nonprofit, recently announced that Yavuz Sariyildiz of Turkey has won 2012 Photography Contest, which comes with a USD 2,000 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Analysis of Microfinance Investment Vehicles; Female Microfinance Clients in Pakistan; Life Microinsurance in the Philippines

“The State of Microfinance Investment 2012: MicroRate’s 7th Annual Survey and Analysis of MIVs;” published by MicroRate; October 2012; 17 pages; available at: http://www.microrate.com/downloads/78 Continue Reading »

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Monday, October 29, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: South Africa Proposes “Twin Peaks” Financial Regulation System

At a conference in Cape Town, South Africa, hosted by the Alliance of Financial Inclusion (AFI), a nonprofit Thailand-based network of financial policymakers aimed at increasing access to financial services, South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that his country is considering the implementation of a “Twin Peaks” regulation system in an effort to foster financial inclusion, strengthen consumer protection, combat financial crime, promote financial education efforts and increase the accessibility of financial services. Continue Reading »

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Monday, October 29, 2012

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Institute for International Research Holds Third Annual Microinsurance Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, January 22 – January 24, 2013

Event Name: 3rd Annual Microinsurance Conference

Event Date: January 22 – January 24, 2013

Event Location: The Wanderers Club, Ilovo, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Monday, October 29, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Oxfam, City of London, Symbiotics Invest $1.6m in Xac Leasing of Mongolia through Small Enterprise Impact Investing Fund (SEIIF)

Oxfam UK, a UK-based charity, City of London and Symbiotics, a Swiss microfinance investment intermediary, recently launched a joint initiative known as the Small Enterprise Impact Investing Fund (SEIIF). SEIIF is intended to deliver measurable social as well as financial returns to its stakeholders by investing in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through financial intermediaries operating in developing countries. Continue Reading »

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Monday, October 29, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: China Development Bank, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation Partner on Microcredit

The China Development Bank (CDB), a state-owned lending institution, recently signed an agreement with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), a Chinese  nonprofit organization, to support the foundation’s microcredit projects with a loan of  CNY 1 billion (USD 160 million). Continue Reading »

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