0November 3, 2014 - 4:08pm from Center for Financial Inclusion Blog
> Posted by Bobbi Gray, Research and Evaluation Specialist, Freedom from Hunger #103296628 / gettyimages.com The day after the closing of the Microcredit Summit in Merida, Mexico, conference participants were also invited to join in a day-long discussion about
Fast-Moving Consumer Goods and Customer Needs: The Missing Link Between Shampoo and Savings AccountsOctober 31, 2014 - 2:34pm from Center for Financial Inclusion Blog
> Posted by Bhuvana Ramakrishnan, Daniella Llanos Flores, and Singyew Foo, Credit Suisse #94632957 / gettyimages.com The Financial Inclusion 2020 project has been talking to the experts lately to get their views on the main recommendations that came out ...
0October 23, 2014 - 2:40am from Mundo Microfinanzas
(Mundo Microfinanzas) A once días del inicio del Foromic 2014, en Guayaquil, el evento organizado por el Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones (Fomin) ya superó los mil participantes inscriptos, con los últimos cupos disponibles. Luis Alberto Moreno La delegación peruana, con 143 inscriptos hasta el momento, se vislumbra como la más numerosa del foro, por encima del anfitrión Ecuador (121),
SPECIAL REPORT: Narda Sotomayor on Regulating Microfinance via Proportionality, Financial Education and Mobile Money in PeruOctober 16, 2014 - 2:36pm from MicroCapital
MicroCapital: Can you tell us a bit about your talk planned for European Microfinance Week on “balancing financial inclusion with market stability”? Narda Sotomayor: A key element to achieve this balance is the principle of proportionality, under which regulations vary based on the risks associated with the product or service in question. For instance, for ...
0October 16, 2014 - 12:10pm from Microfinance Africa
Nairobi, Kenya: Water.org has announced plans to invest over Sh178million (US$2million) in Water Credit programs in the next one year to ensure accessibility to safe water and sanitation in Kenya and Uganda. The organization is also looking to expand the Water Credit programs by working with a diverse set of financial institution partners and funders to attract additional capital to the Water Credit ecosystem. So far, Equity Bank, Kenya Women Finance Trust, ...
0October 15, 2014 - 4:56pm from Mundo Microfinanzas
Elizabeth Tinoco, Fredy Otárola y Guy Ryder durante las sesionesdel encuentro regional de la OIT en la capital peruana(foto: Mintra) (Mundo Microfinanzas) La poco favorable evolución de la economía de América Latina y el Caribe en el segundo semestre de 2014 no impedirá que el desempleo urbano regional disminuya levemente este año a 6,0% o 6,1%, desde el 6,2% anotado en 2013, según la
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Financial Organization (IFC) Syndicates Loans Totaling $60m to BBVA Paraguay to Fund Small, Medium-sized EnterprisesOctober 13, 2014 - 5:03am from MicroCapital
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group that offers financial services to businesses and governments in developing countries with the aim of increasing economic growth, has announced that it will loan a total of USD 60 million to Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Paraguay (BBVA Paraguay), a subsidiary of the Spanish financial services group BBVA. A loan of USD 40 million and a loan of USD 20 million will be disbursed with terms of five years under the ...
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management’s Vision Microfinance Funds Invest $8.5m in Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Ecuador, IndiaOctober 4, 2014 - 12:30am from MicroCapital
Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an arm of Austria-based asset management group C-Quadrat, recently informed MicroCapital that it disbursed credits totaling approximately USD 8.5 million from its two Vision Microfinance funds, the Dual Return Fund-Vision Microfinance and the Dual Return Fund-Vision Microfinance Local Currency, to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Ecuador, and India. Of the total, USD 3.3 million was disbursed to an MFI that was ...
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Argentina’s Banco Macro Launches “Alumbra” Business, Mortgage Loans for Micro-, Small Enterprises via Fundacion MacroOctober 2, 2014 - 3:46pm from MicroCapital
Banco Macro, a private bank in Argentina, recently announced that it has launched “Alumbra,” a lending vehicle for micro- and small enterprises. Alumbra, which will be operated by Fundacion Macro, Banco Macro’s charitable arm, will offer loans in amounts ranging from USD 250 to USD 6,000. Alumbra will be launched in Salta, one of Argentina’s poorest regions. It will use the microfinance banking software of Mambu, a Germany-based technology company that offers cloud-based banking ...
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Accion Acquires 10% Stake in Peruvian Microfinance Institution (MFI) Credinka from Diviso Grupo FinancieroOctober 1, 2014 - 11:22am from MicroCapital
Accion, a US-based nonprofit organization, recently announced the acquisition of a 10-percent stake in Credinka, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in the Peruvian city of Cusco, from Diviso Grupo Financiero, a financial group that has been listed on the Lima Stock Exchange since 2007. The investment, the price of which has not been specified, is intended to facilitate an increase in the number of clients of Credinka, with the goal of spurring it to become the largest rural MFI in ...
0September 18, 2014 - 5:47pm from Innovations for Poverty Action Blog
IPA & J-PAL Policy Team in Peru (Para español, ver abajo) Following conversations between J-PAL's Peru-based Policy team and theViceministry of Small and Medium Enterprise and Industry of the Ministry of Production of Peru a training program is being implemented by
0September 12, 2014 - 9:43pm from Innovations for Poverty Action Blog
Ariela Alpert & Sarah Craig Enter almost any market in Uganda, Nepal, or Peru and you are likely to find streets filled with shops all selling the same items, whether it be rows of tire shops, stores selling the same wooden furniture, or shoe shop after shoe shop. It seems that if some of these firms merged to achieve larger scale, they could make more money. Are these firms behaving irrationally, or is the market set up in a way that allows many small businesses to ...
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Asociación de Bancos del Perú (ASBANC) Partners with Ericsson to Implement Mobile Money SystemSeptember 10, 2014 - 5:03am from MicroCapital
The Asociación de Bancos del Perú (ASBANC), an association of 23 financial institutions in the country, has announced a partnership with Ericsson, a Sweden-based telecommunications company, with the aim of a mobile money platform in Peru called Mobile Money. The service is expected to be launched in 2015. Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will provide ASBANC with systems integration and support, training and management services. The goal of ASBANC in creating this system is to ...
0September 5, 2014 - 2:20pm from CGAP Microfinance Blog
During our May 2014 Annual Meeting in Peru, the CGAP Council of Governors elected three new, at-large industry members to the CGAP Executive Committee (ExCom), which functions as CGAP’s de facto Board. Enlisting industry members to serve on our Board with member oversight roles and learning from their experiences are hallmarks of CGAP’s governance structure.
0August 29, 2014 - 6:34pm from Microfinance Focus
Smallholder farmers’ lack of access to finance inhibits economic growth and slows poverty alleviation efforts around the world. Globally, smallholder demand for finance is estimated at US$300 billion, excluding China, and most of that demand is unmet. Social lenders play an important role in addressing this financing gap. Social lenders are impact investors that provide financing to ...
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Bank Group to Provide Funding of $42m to Lao People’s Democratic Republic to Support Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Hydropower and Mining SectorsAugust 28, 2014 - 4:23am from MicroCapital
The World Bank Group (WBG), a group of five multilateral organizations that invest in developing countries, recently approved plans to disburse a total of USD 42 million to support the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the hydropower and mining sectors of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). The International Development Association (IDA), the development agency of WBG that offers grants and interest-free credit to 82 of the world’s poorest ...
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management’s Vision Microfinance Funds Loan $5m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Georgia, Bolivia, TajikistanAugust 25, 2014 - 5:03am from MicroCapital
Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an arm of Austria-based asset group C-Quadrat, disbursed a total of USD 5 million as loans from its two Vision Microfinance funds, the Dual Return Fund-Vision Microfinance and the Dual Return Fund-Vision Microfinance Local Currency, to unidentified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Georgia, Bolivia and Tajikistan. Of the total, USD 1 million was invested in an MFI that was founded in 1997 in the Georgian capital city, Tbilisi, and provides financial ...
0August 18, 2014 - 9:28pm from Mundo Microfinanzas
(Mundo Microfinanzas) “La diferencia entre las IMFs no son los servicios financieros, sino los equipos”. La Academia Financiera 2014 de la red peruana Copeme abordará la cuestión clave de la gestión del capital humano en las instituciones microfinancieras. El programa, que se desarrollará en Lima del 15 al 19 de septiembre de 2014, con apoyo de cooperación estadounidense, está
0August 18, 2014 - 3:02am from Mundo Microfinanzas
Lima, Perú. Encuentro Internacional “Pensando el Perú: 50 años de cambios, 50 de desafíos”, 20 y 21 de agosto de 2014, Casa IEP (Horacio Urteaga 694, Jesús María), en conmemoración por los cincuenta años del Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP). El Perú no es como solía ser, afirma el IEP, y “urge mirar con nuevos ojos las inéditas realidades que enfrentamos en el presente”. Pensando el
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to Loan $100m to El Salvador for On-Lending to Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)August 17, 2014 - 5:03am from MicroCapital
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a US-based multilateral finance institution operating in Latin America and the Caribbean, reportedly has approved a loan of USD 100 million to promote lending to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in El Salvador. The funding will be primarily available for MSMEs that operate production-oriented ventures with the aim of increasing their productivity and competitiveness. It is expected that approximately 1,000 MSMEs and a further ...