Malawi Market Profile

March 14, 2015 - 3:42pm from Savings Revolution blog
I saw this Savings Group (formed by Cadecom) in Mchinji Distric in Malawi earlier this week. It was a high performing group by almost any measure - and I’d like to talk about some measures that we don’t usually use. I thought there was something elegant and beautiful about the group. Not only did they take the time to ...
March 12, 2015 - 12:15am from Development Impact - News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation
This post is co-authored with Thomas Pave Sohnesen Since 2011, we have struggled to reconcile the poverty trends from two complementary poverty monitoring sources in Malawi. From 2005 to 2009, the Welfare Monitoring Survey (WMS) was used to predict consumption and showed a solid decline in poverty. In contrast, the 2004/05 and 2010/11 rounds of the Integrated Household Survey (IHS) that measured consumption through recall-based modules showed no ...
January 21, 2015 - 5:01am from MicroCapital
The Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently informed MicroCapital that it has issued the following three loans: (1) EUR 630,000 (USD 732,000) over a two-year period to Oxus DRC, a for-profit MFI based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that was launched in 2013 by the France-based Oxus Group; (2) EUR 271,000 (314,000 USD) over a three-year ...
January 20, 2015 - 1:58pm from MicroCapital
The Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently informed MicroCapital that it has issued the following three loans: (1) EUR 482,000 (USD 555,000) over a two-year period to to Juhudi Kilimo, a for-profit provider of microloans and microinsurance in Kenya; (2) EUR 293,000 (USD 339,000) over a three-year period to Uganda Microcredit Foundation (UMF), a ...
December 23, 2014 - 6:20pm from MicroCapital
The Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA), a US-based nonprofit microfinance network, has formally launched the operations of FINCA Microfinance Bank (FINCA MfB) in Owerri, Imo, Nigeria, following the issuance of its license by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on October 30, 2014. FINCA MfB will provide various financial services, including deposit and loan products for Nigerian citizens and business owners. According to Mike Gama-Lobo, the Vice President and Regional ...
December 23, 2014 - 5:22pm from Innovations for Poverty Action Blog
Gregory Dobbels   In Malawi, just 8 percent of adults saved at a formal financial institution in 2010 (data here, PDF paper here). While this number may seem strikingly low, Malawi is a fairly typical example of a low-income country where the poor are ...
December 11, 2014 - 10:36pm from MicroCapital
Credit Suisse, a Swiss global financial services company with operations in 50 countries, has agreed to donate an undisclosed sum to Opportunity International, a US-based nonprofit providing microfinance in 22 countries, to launch a three-year program entitled “Empowering Generational Change Through Education” that focuses on lending for education initiatives. The new program is expected to help educate 530,000 children in 10 countries through new initiatives in Colombia and ...
December 11, 2014 - 12:53am from Google news - microfinance
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December 9, 2014 - 1:13pm from Microfinance Africa
FINCA, a global market leader in microfinance network, with 30 years of experience, and operating in 23 countries across Africa, Latin America, Eurasia and the Greater Middle East and serving 1.7 million clients, has launched its first branch of FINCA Microfinance Bank Limited in Nigeria. Opened in Owerri, Imo State, Mike Gama-Lobo, vice president and regional director for FINCA Africa, said this followed the final approval of a licence by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which ...
December 1, 2014 - 5:35pm from GiveWell Blog
Our top charities are (in alphabetical order): Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI), led by Evidence Action GiveDirectly
November 7, 2014 - 2:17pm from MicroCapital
VisionFund International, a subsidiary of US-based, Christian NGO World Vision International, recently received approval from the National Bank of Georgia to sell its stake in Microfinance Organization Credo, LLC (Credo), to “a consortium of social impact investors” including Access Microfinance Holding AG (AccessHolding), a holding company based in Germany that specializes in microfinance investments; responsAbility Investments AG (responsAbility), a company based in Zurich that ...
November 4, 2014 - 9:03am from MicroCapital
The Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently informed MicroCapital that it has issued the following two loans: (1) EUR 630,000 (USD 788,000) over a two-year period to Oxus Democratic Republic (DR) Congo, an MFI based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that was launched in 2013 by the Oxus Group; and (2) EUR 257,000 (USD 321,000) over a three-year ...
October 31, 2014 - 5:24am from MicroCapital
“The Next Stage of Financial Inclusion;” by D. Karlan; published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review; fall 2014; 9 pages; available at: http://www.ssireview.org/pdf/Fall_2014_The_Next_Stage_of_Financial_Inclusion_1.pdf This paper investigates the evolving role of nonprofit organizations in providing microcredit to people with low incomes. Dr Karlan argues that the role of nonprofit ...
October 29, 2014 - 4:39pm from MicroCapital
Event Name: Inclusive Microfinance Conference 2014 Event Dates: November 11-12, 2014 Event Location: Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala, Uganda Cost: The cost to attend the conference is UGX 100,000 (USD 38) for Ugandan participants. The cost for international participants is USD 100. Summary of Event: The Inclusive Microfinance Conference is intended to bring together representatives of policy makers, organizations serving disabled persons, academia, development ...
October 23, 2014 - 5:05am from MicroCapital
Project Concern International (PCI), a US-based non-governmental organization (NGO), recently announced that it plans to scale up the operations of its Women Empowered (WE) initiative by providing approximately 250,000 women, in addition to the 230,000 women it currently serves, with tools and training for their businesses. The announcement was made at the recent annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a program that brings together global leaders in an effort to address ...
October 23, 2014 - 1:01am from MicroCapital
The Grameen Foundation, a US-based nonprofit organization; MicroEnsure, a UK-based, for-profit microinsurance company founded by US-based NGO Opportunity International; Penda Health, a Kenya-based, for-profit chain of medical centers; and Clifford Chance, a UK-based international law firm, recently announced that they have launched an initiative called the “Uzima Project” in Kenya with the aim of providing “low-cost“ health insurance. In addition to receiving financing and insurance, the ...
October 12, 2014 - 10:59am from MicroCapital
The Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based foundation providing financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently informed to MicroCapital that it disbursed a three-year loan in local currency equivalent in value to EUR 882,000 (USD 1.1 million) to Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA) Malawi, a microfinance institution (MFI) member of the US-based, nonprofit FINCA International ...
September 17, 2014 - 12:30pm from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
Let us know about your superfood experiments baobab pancakes, acai smoothies or anything else youve cooked up Baobab holds out hope for Malawis farmers and forests Gallery: baobab, the superfruit that hails from humble roots
August 27, 2014 - 5:03am from MicroCapital
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced that it will enter into an advisory services agreement with Airtel Zambia, a subsidiary of the Indian telecommunications company Bharti Airtel. Under the agreement, Airtel Zambia will receive advisory services valued at USD 1 million from IFC over a period of three years. The aim of the advisory project is to increase access to mobile financial services in ...
August 21, 2014 - 1:00am from Innovations for Poverty Action Blog
  In an op-ed in MINT, one of India’s leading business newspapers, economist and consultant Ruchira Bhattamishra discusses Prime Minister Modi’s announcement of an ambitious new plan for financial inclusion for all Indians, but ...