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Tanzania: Standard Chartered / USAID Partner to Arrange and Issue the First Local Currency Bond for a Microfinance Institution
November, 30 2010
Tanzania - Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) was the lead arranger for the Promotion for Rural Initiatives and Enterprise (PRIDE) Bond which was listed on the 15th of November, making it the first bank to facilitate a microfinance institution bond issuance in the Tanzania Stock Exchange and making PRIDE the first microfinance institution to issue a local currency bond to be traded in the Tanzania Stock Exchange ...
Sub-Saharan Africa: KfW Entwicklungsbank Promotes Private Initiative of Microentrepreneurs
November, 25 2010
Frankfurt am Main, Germany - REGMIFA has disbursed the first loans totalling USD 13.75 million to microfinance institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Tanzania ...
EFSE Provides EUR 15 Million Loan to ProCredit Bank Serbia
November, 25 2010
Frankfurt am Main, Belgrade - The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) has provided another loan to the value of EUR 15 million to ProCredit Bank Serbia, enabling the bank to expand its lending activities to very small and small enterprises. ...
As Demand Grows for Microinsurance in Asia, Swiss Re Launches First Agricultural Product in Vietnam
November, 24 2010
Vietnam - High risk exposure to natural perils in Asia is driving microinsurance development for agricultural protection as international reinsurers and insurers recently introduced several programs in South Asian countries where farming is a major export and economic activity ...
Bengal MFIs Make Distress Call to Banks
November, 24 2010
Kolkata, West Bengala - Facing a shortage of lendable resources, microfinance institutions in West Bengal have huddled together and are desperately trying to convince their bankers for loans so that they can resume their normal operations. They are forced to cut down loan disbursement by 40-50% ...
Microfinance Dominates Indonesian Shariah-Compliant Loans: Islamic Finance
November, 24 2010
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Islamic loans targeting Indonesian small businesses have grown to dominate Shariah-compliant credit in the world’s most-populous Muslim nation, prompting the country’s biggest banks to expand. ...
Compartamos Set to Enter Guatemala, other Latin American Countries
November, 23 2010
Mexico City, Mexico - Mexican microfinance bank Compartamos is positioning itself to enter the Guatemalan market in 2011, even as it continues to look for acquisitions in Peru, Colombia and Brazil, Compartamos CFO Patricio Diez told BNamericas ...
India’s Micro-Lenders Face Shakeout Under New Rules
November, 22 2010
Mumbai, India - A quarter of Indian microfinance companies may fail after a clampdown last month in their biggest market pared debt payments and curtailed bank financing, said N. Srinivasan, who consults for organizations including the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank ...
A New Partner for MFIs Arrives
November, 22 2010
Chennai, India - Puneet Gupta is restless and visibly excited. The last ten days have been the culmination of many days’ efforts in creating access to finance to deserving high quality Microfinance Institutions (MFIs). IFMR Mezzanine Finance Private Limited (IFMR Mezz), a part of the IFMR Trust eco-system, which is headed by Puneet, has just disbursed an amount of Rs. 10 million to Patna based Saija Finance Private Limited (“Saija”), an investment that had enough reasons to celebrate ...
Nigeria: Stormy Weather Ahead of New Microfinance Banks
November, 22 2010
Ogun State, Nigeria - Barely one month after provisional licences were granted new investors in micro financing business, none of the licensees has actually commenced operations, as the challenges of the business environment and the experiences of the existing micro finance banks (MFBs) continue to haunt them ...
MicroVest Raises $7M for Hedge Fund
November, 19 2010
New York, USA - MicroVest Capital Management has raised $7.1 million for its MicroVest Short Duration Fund, according to regulatory filings ...
Billionaire Chandler-Backed Microfinance Firm Delays India IPO on Turmoil
November, 19 2010
Hyderabad, India - Share Microfin Ltd., backed by New Zealand billionaire Christopher Chandler, plans to delay an initial public offering after rival microfinance companies in India sought emergency funds to cope with rising loan defaults. ...
India: Morgan Stanley Report Lists Exposure of Some Major Banks to MFIs
November, 18 2010
Mumbai, India - Brokerage says banks purchasing loan pools from MFIs under pressure. The Andhra Pradesh government's ordinance to curb the activities of microfinance institutions (MFIs) has resulted in a wave of apprehension in the industry which is suffering from an acute financial crisis following a steep drop in repayments. Many MFIs have approached banks for emergency funds amounting to Rs10,000 crores, admitting to suffering a severe liquidity crisis ...
India Microcredit Faces Collapse From Defaults
November, 17 2010
Madoor, India - India’s rapidly growing private microcredit industry faces imminent collapse as almost all borrowers in one of India’s largest states have stopped repaying their loans, egged on by politicians who accuse the industry of earning outsize profits on the backs of the poor. The crisis has been building for weeks, but has now reached a critical stage. ...
India: SKS Drops as Indian Microfinance Firms Seek Emergency Funding From Banks
November, 16 2010
Mumbai, India - SKS Microfinance Ltd. dropped to the lowest since its August trading debut after the head of an industry lobbying group said the nation’s microfinance companies are seeking emergency funding. ...
Tanzanian Microlender Says Bond Sale Oversubscribed
November, 15 2010
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Promotion of Rural Initiative and Development Enterprises Ltd., a Tanzanian microlender, said it received bids for 22 percent more bonds than the 14.5 billion shillings ($9.69 million) it offered ...
Microfinance Slowly but Surely Making Headway in Lebanon
November, 15 2010
Beirut, Lebanon - According to a World Bank study released at the end of 2009, Lebanon’s net micro-loan portfolio stands at roughly $50 million, with the estimated number of active clients ranging between 38,000 and 55,700. The World Bank highlights a stark disparity between those figures and the number of eligible borrowers which stands at 190,000, a $200 million market, by the bank’s calculations. ...
Indian Fund Aavishkaar Gets Global Recognition at the G-20 Summit in South Korea
November, 12 2010
Seoul, South Korea - The Group of 20 and Ashoka's Changemakers, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, announced the winners of a cutting edge search for the best and most innovative proposals to catalyze finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) earlier this month. ...
Venezuelan Financial System to be Limited to Universal and Microfinance Banking
November, 12 2010
Caracas, Venezuela - The bill on Banking Sector Institutions restructures the system. Banks will have to adapt to socialist plans, the banking service will be declared of public utility, and there will be fewer financial institutions ...
Bangladesh Caps Microcredit Interest Rates
November, 09 2010
Dhaka, Bangladesh - Microfinance lending pioneer Bangladesh plans to cap the industry's interest rates amid criticism that for-profit groups are demanding excessive payments from poor borrowers, an official said Tuesday ...
The Indian Microfinance Crisis
November, 08 2010
India - The current demonization of the industry is as much an oversimplification as the earlier beautification. The facts tell a more complex story, from which both industry and government emerge flawed - but neither irredeemably so ...
In Peru, Tiny Loans Add Up to Big Business
November, 06 2010
Lima, Peru - Microloans have taken off in Peru, where informal employment is high and access to credit is low. The concept became widespread around the world through the efforts of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, and its pioneering founder, Muhammad Yunus, who jointly won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for their successful microloan program ...
Nigeria: CBN to Float Microfinance Fund
November, 05 2010
Lagos - The Central Bank Nigeria is to establish a micro-finance fund to support medium to long term lending by microfinance institutions. CBN Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, Dr Kinsley Moghaiu disclosure this in Lagos yesterday. ...
India: MFIs Agrees to Reduce Interest Rates to 24 pc
November, 04 2010
New Dehli, India - Micro finance companies on Thursday agreed to reduce interest rates they charged from borrowers to 24 per cent after a meeting with financial services secretary R Gopalan here. ...
responsAbility Wins G-20 SME Finance Challenge
November, 04 2010
Zurich, Switzerland - The Group of Twenty has given Swiss organizations responsAbility and SIFEM an award for their innovative approach to SME financing. The award recognizes the investment solution presented by responsAbility and SIFEM as one of the best possible approaches to unlocking financing for small and medium-sized companies in developing countries and emerging markets ...
Namibia: Micro-lending Business Booming
November, 03 2010
Windhoek, Namibia - Namibians last year borrowed N$847 000 from micro-lenders, nearly 24 per cent more than in 2008, the latest annual report of the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa) shows ...
Tanzania: $23m Govt, AfDB Loan to Benefit Small Scale Traders
November, 01 2010
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Some 820,000 small entrepreneurs in Tanzania are set to benefit from a $23 million loan facility and business training scheme. The Small Entrepreneurs Loan Facility (Self) is a government project in collaboration with the African Development Bank ...

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