Oct 2015
Nepal: ADB Okays $15m Aid to Help Quake-Hit Districts
October, 09 2015
Kathmandu - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a new $15 million grant to rebuild schools, provide micro loans to help restore livelihoods, and to boost awareness of disasters in the 14 districts most severely affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal ...
Indonesia: Third Policy Package Indonesia: Micro-Finance and Cheaper Diesel & Electricity
October, 07 2015
Indonesia - On Wednesday evening (07/10), the Indonesian government unveiled the third (and last) installment of its economic policy package. This latest installment aims to boost the industrial sector by cutting the diesel price by IDR 200 to IDR 6,700 (USD $0.48) per liter and by giving a 30 percent discount on electricity tariffs for labor-intensive industries. Furthermore, ceramic and chemical producers will obtain cheaper gas per 1 January 2016. The package was unveiled by Darmin Nasution, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs ...
India: SBI concludes 15 year $300 million loan to rural and micro lending
October, 06 2015
Mumbai - The country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) and the German development bank KfW today concluded a 15 year loan worth $300 million (Rs 1,956 crores) loan facility to support rural and micro-enterprise lending in India. ...
Nigeria: Farmers Inaugurate Micro-Finance Bank in Oyo
October, 06 2015
Nigeria - Faced with the challenge of inability to secure agricultural loans from conventional banks and high interest rates, some farmers associations have launched their own micro-finance bank ...
India: Applying Wall Street Ideas to NGOs in Rural India - A Closer Look at the First Education Impact Bond
October, 05 2015
India - More than 3 million school-age girls in India do not attend class. In fact, for every 100 girls in rural India, only one will reach grade 12. Yet the benefits of education for girls are manifold: Education increases income, improves nutrition, reduces child marriage and mortality rates, and increases education levels for generations to come ...
Philippines: Informal Lenders as Partners in MSME Financing
October, 05 2015
Philippines - The majority of small businesses still have no access to formal financing facilities ...
Rwanda: Ericsson’s Mobile Financial Services Enables Social and Financial Inclusion
October, 05 2015
Rwanda - Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, VP, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson highlights Ericsson’s role in enabling social inclusion with Ericsson Mobile Financial Services ...
Colombia: Target Market Segmentation and Education - Comparing Agriculture Digital Payments Systems
October, 02 2015
Columbia - In 2007, the same year that the pioneering M-Pesa in Kenya was launched, another, lesser-known digital payments system was started in Colombia ...
India: RBI Eases MFI Norms to Provide Cheaper Loans to Poor SCs
October, 02 2015
India - The Reserve Bank has eased micro finance norm of maximum 4 per cent variance in interest rates for small loans offered to SCs living below double poverty line in order to provide credit at cheaper rate ...
Nepal: IFC Appoints White Lotus as Fund Manager of Business Oxygen
October, 01 2015
Nepal - IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has appointed White Lotus Centre as fund manager for Business Oxygen, its SME ventures fund in Nepal ...
India, SKS: "We Aim to Bring Lending Rates to Below 20% in Next 18 Months"
October, 01 2015
India - President of SKS Microfinance, S Dilli Raj tells Bhavik Nair in an interview that the company is confident of keeping its cost of funds down and is aiming to bring its lending rate to sub-20% in a few months ...

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