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The $450 Billion Opportunity: Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance
September, 29 2012
Global - The world’s 450 million smallholder farmers represent a large – and largely unmet – opportunity for agricultural financing. As population growth and rising incomes create unprecedented demand for food, multinational companies increasingly rely on smallholders to secure their supply of agricultural commodities. ...
LeapFrog Invests $15M in Partnership with Mahindra to Provide Insurance to Rural India
September, 27 2012
India - LeapFrog’s investment of nearly $15 million will reach millions of people in rural India, enabling them to protect their assets and loans on tractors and vehicles, and thus the livelihoods on which their families depend ...
IFC Invests $10 Million to Grow and Improve Small Businesses Across Central America
September, 27 2012
Central America - IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is investing up to $10 million in the CoreCo Central America Fund I, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in small and medium enterprises in Central America, to create jobs and expand access to finance across the region. ...
India: Morgan Stanley buys 45L SKS Micro stock
September, 26 2012
India - Foreign fund house Morgan Stanley Asia (Singapore) today acquired 45 lakh shares of SKS Microfinance for over Rs 54 crore through open market transactions. ...
Russia: Saving The Snow Leopard With Microfinance
September, 26 2012
Altai Republic, Russia - Aside from alleviating rural poverty and encouraging small business, the microloans and training seminars have also achieved some success in preserving Altai's indigenous wildlife, local activists said. ...
Wanted in Indonesia: Entrepreneurs Hungry For More
September, 25 2012
Indonesia - As Indonesia faces the need to reinvent its economy by diversifying from the agriculture and mining sectors, the one crucial resource it is missing is the hungry entrepreneur. ...
Micro-Finance Meets Multi-Nationals at Clinton Global Initiative
September, 25 2012
Global - At the end of the day, the goal of both micro financial institutions and multi-national financial corporations should be full financial inclusion. ...
Consumer Lending and Overindebtedness in Latin America
September, 24 2012
Latin America - In Latin America household debt levels have been rising in recent years. This has been driven in part by the growth in consumer lending that has coincided with rising incomes of many low-income households in countries such as Chile, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia ...
Cambodia: The Bank That Likes To Say Yes
September, 22 2012
Cambodia - Acleda is now trying to replicate its success elsewhere in Indochina. In 2008 it moved into neighbouring Laos, where it has 27 branches (and growing). But Laos, with just over 6m people, is titchy compared with the bank’s next destination, Myanmar ...
Microfinance Leaders Launch Global Appeal For Responsible Industry Practices
September, 20 2012
Global - Microfinance leaders today unveiled the "Global Appeal for Responsible Microfinance," a landmark document urging all microfinance stakeholders to take concerted action to ensure a strong and principled microfinance industry ...
Peru’s Grupo ACP Seeks to Be Top Microfinance Lender in Mexico
September, 19 2012
Mexico - Grupo ACP Inversiones y Desarrollo, the Peruvian microfinance lender with operations in 10 Latin American countries, plans to become the biggest provider of small-business loans in Mexico once it converts its Forjadores de Negocios SA unit into a bank. ...
Micro-Finance Can Make The Poorest Poorer, Study Warns
September, 19 2012
UK - The Institute of Education has praised micro-finance as a means of reducing poverty, but warns that caution must be used when lending to the very poorest. ...
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Microfinance at the Margin
September, 18 2012
Bosnia and Herzegovina - A substantial part of the world’s population has no or only limited access to formal financial services. Many of the poor depend on informal networks and family ties – which are often less reliable or relatively expensive – and credit rationing may constrain potential entrepreneurs in executing profitable investment projects ...
India: Microfinance And Predatory Lending: The Same Old Story?
September, 18 2012
India - Though researchers have begun to question the extravagant claims for microfinance, many remain hopeful that it is a useful addition to the anti-poverty arsenal ...
Rwanda: Guarantee Fund Attracts Banks to SMEs
September, 17 2012
Rwanda - The Business Development Fund (BDF) disbursement of over Rwf 12 billion in guarantee funds has increased credit extended to Small and Medium Enterprises by financial Institutions ...
Kenya: Credit Reference Bureau to Share Data With MFIs
September, 14 2012
Kenya - Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in the country will soon start accessing their customers' data at the Credit Reference Bureau while processing loan applications ...
The Hidden Champions of Low-Income Banking
September, 13 2012
Global - Over the past few years, the concept of microcredit -- providing working capital loans to micro-entrepreneurs typically in the informal economy -- has come under scrutiny. A new generation of specialized microfinance institutions (MFIs) seemed to have perfected the model of extending these small loans backed by some form of social collateral. ...
India: IntelleCash Acquires Arohan Microfinance
September, 13 2012
India - Mumbai-based IntelleCash Microfinance Network Co. Pvt. Ltd, a subsidiary of investment banking services and advisory firm Intellectual Capital Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd (Intellecap), has acquired Kolkata-based microlender Arohan Financial Services Pvt. Ltd through a series of transactions for a total Rs.52 crore ...
Nicaragua: Poverty in Check
September, 12 2012
Nicaragua - Pro Mujer, which has also set up offices in Argentina, Mexico and Peru, is about more than lending money to mostly poor women in need of funds to set up small businesses. At the core of the organisation’s philosophy is also the provision of access to primary health clinics and training in basic business skills, health education and self-esteem awareness ...
Muhammad Yunus: The Model Social Enterprise Leader?
September, 12 2012
Bangladesh - Muhammad Yunus has been in the glare of the media's spotlight for all the wrong reasons over the last two years. The Bangladeshi government's none too subtle attempts to effect a de facto nationalisation of the Grameen Bank fare sadly all too well known. No one knows where it will all end and I fear we are looking at a bad outcome unless there is a change of heart by the Hasina regime ...
P2P Microfinance In China and India
September, 11 2012
China & India - Microfinance is one pillar of the economy that Beijing and New Delhi has increasingly considered in recent years, in the sense that it is most beneficial to allow free enterprise to administer. Experts have said that the regulatory environments in these two nations are most likely to impact P2P lending platforms in their future success ...
Effective Control Systems at MIVs: The Key to Accountable Investing and Responsible Microfinance Globally
September, 10 2012
Global - All microfinance investment vehicles need to introspect and bring in a positive control environment that can encourage accountable and responsible investing. That alone can usher in an era of responsible microfinance on the ground ...
ADB helps Viet Nam Develop Inclusive Market and Oriented Microfinance Sector
September, 07 2012
Vietnam - Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Viet Nam today signed an agreement for a US$40 million loan to support the Government's policy reforms to improve the quality, accessibility, efficiency, and competitiveness of the country's microfinance sector under the Microfinance Development Programme ...
India: The Usurers in AP are Back in Business
September, 06 2012
India - Two years after Andhra Pradesh cracked down on micro-lenders with a stringent new law, the usurers are back in force and poor borrowers are in danger of sliding into their clutches ...
BPC Targets Microfinance Industry
September, 06 2012
Global - BPC Banking Technologies, the leading provider of Open System e-payment solutions for the global financial industry, announces today the launch of a new solution specifically designed to meet the needs of the microfinance industry ...
Regulation and Supervision of Microfinance Investment Vehicles: A Suggested Practical Framework— Part II
September, 06 2012
Global - Even if voluntary codes are to be used for fund managers (or even for the funds themselves), it would be important to have some regulatory oversight into the actual implementation of these in microfinance ...
Zimbabwe: Bill Tightens Screws on MFIs
September, 06 2012
Zimbabwe - The government is crafting a new law for microfinance institutions (MFIs) which will compel the lenders to disclose trading conditions, as the number of debt-trapped Zimbabweans continues to rise due to ignorance ...
SRI Survey: 2013 To Be Year Of "Impact Investing," Wider Institutional Investor Acceptance Of ESG Approach
September, 05 2012
United States - If you think that SRI is only about investing in socially screened mutual funds, you haven't been paying enough attention. ...
Sri Lanka: Regulation of Microfinance Institutions
September, 04 2012
Sri Lanka - A recent briefing for the press on a recent cabinet meeting and the decisions taken referred to the introduction of legislation to regulate microfinance institutions to ensure financial stability in that sector ...
Tailor Microfinance Products to Find Success, Bangkok Conference Told
September, 03 2012
Global - “While microcredit can offer people wider choices, it is not a simple intervention, and other options such as savings and microinsurance are also important. ...
Kenya: Small Traders Shun Loans From Microfinance Institutions
September, 03 2012
Kenya - Expensive microfinance loans in Kenya are driving small scale business people away from the same institutions that are supposed to boost businesses and help in eradication of poverty ...

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