Posts Tagged ‘Indian microfinance’

Cloud Computing is way forward for smaller microfinance organization- Ekgaon

Cloud Computing is way forward for smaller microfinance organization- Ekgaon
By Asma Azmi, Microfinance Focus, Aug 9, 2010: Ekgaon Technologies is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provider for development organizations working at the base of the pyramid. It offers a range of financial inclusion services and has delivered projects like CAM Mobile Services Framework, Mahakalasm MIS and Indic-Computing Consortium bringing ICT to the benefit of the masses. Ekgaon’s project, ‘Enabling financial inclusion and increasing efficiency of ... Full story

IFC may invest in microfinance funding agency Ananya

Microfinance Focus, Aug 4, 2010: World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) may invest in India’s Ananya Finance For Inclusive Growth Pvt. Ltd.  Ananya is expected to raise approx. INR 1.50 billion (approximately $ 32.60 m) in equity to strengthen its capital adequacy and onlend larger amount in the new entity. IFC’s proposed investment in Ananya consists of an equity investment of upto INR 500 million ... Full story

“Microfinance Irrigators should not put all their pumps in the same place”- BlueOrchard

“Microfinance Irrigators should not put all their pumps in the same place”- BlueOrchard
Microfinance Focus, July 14, 2010: BlueOrchard a group of commercial microfinance investment companies based in Geneva - Switzerland manages over $1 billion of assets with investments spanning over 40 emerging markets and 150 Microfinance banks. It is made up of two companies: BlueOrchard Finance S.A. which since 2001 has provided credit to microfinance institutions (MFIs), and BlueOrchard Investments Sàrl which since 2007 has invested in ... Full story

Intellecap Releases ‘Inverting the Pyramid- Microfinance- Coming of Age’

Microfinance Focus, June 12, 2010: Intellectual Capital Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd. (Intellecap) has released its third edition of its annual publication ‘Inverting the Pyramid’, titled Indian Microfinance- Coming of Age. The topics covered range from the frenzied pace of growth of Indian MFIs to whether they are losing their social orientation with increasing commercialisation to governance and valuations. It aims to answer the questions about ... Full story

Microfinance Focus : weekly wrap up, latest and breaking stories

Microfinance Focus | Weekly Newsletter |19th -24th April 24, 2010 A. Exclusive Interviews & Speeches 01. Exclusive Interview with Professor Yunus Prof. Muhammad Yunus, microfinance pioneer and Nobel laureate shares his views on the recent developments in microfinance and discuss some of the critical issues in an exclusive interview with Microfinance Focus`s  …Read more 02. ... Full story

NBFC Microfinance SHARE raises Rs 100 cr ‘Subordinated-Debt from SIDBI’

Microfinance Focus , April 06, 2010 : A hyderabad based Microfinance NBFC , SHARE Microfin Limited has successfully raised Rs 100 crores by way of issuing eight year unsecured, redeemable Non-Convertible Debenture on a private placement basis. ICRA has already assigned LBBB rating to this long-term debt instrument. The debentures, issued in dematerialized format, would be listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) said a press ... Full story

Exclusive Interview: “MFIN was necessary for Indian Microfinance: Vijay Mahajan”

By Vikash Kumar Microfinance Focus , April 2, 2010 : Mr. Vijay Mahajan , President , Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), a self-regulatory organization (SRO) of 35 Indian NBFC – Microfinance Institutions, share the activities and functions of MFIN , enforcement  process of code of conduct , vision and road map in an exclusive interview ... Full story

Regulate Microfinance institutions based on activity, not legal form: Mathew Titus of SA-Dhan

By Ramesh Kumar Microfinance Focus, Feb 18, 2010/New Delhi : Mathew Titus, Executive Director of Sa-Dhan shares his vision and concerns about microfinance in an exclusive interview with Microfinance Focus Consulting Editor Ramesh Kumar. Here are excerpts: Microfinance Focus: Microfinance in its current form is more than 30 years old. How has been its journey in India so far? Mathew Titus: Growth continues to be good. Organizations in ... Full story

RESEARCH: Rang De and online lending in India

By Arvind Ashta and Djamchid Assadi Microfinance Focus, Feb. 7, 2010: The microfinance movement has been witnessing high growth rates along with high interest rates of about 28% per annum on average (CGAP, 2009). The small loan size in relation to transactional costs is the usual explanation offered for the high interest rates. One possibility of lowering these interest rates is through technology such as using ... Full story

India: MSME panel recommends extension of ‘stimulus package’ for one year

By Nagesh Narayana Microfinance Focus, Feb 4, 2010: The Task Force on Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) headed by TKA Nair has recommended the Indian government to encourage Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) to form self-help groups and extend the 'stimulus package' for a further period of one year. The task force was constituted following a representation by 19 MSME Associations to the Prime Minister in August ... Full story

Best of the best: Microfinance in Year 2009

Microfinance Focus , Dec. 28, 2009 :Yet another significant year for the Microfinance Industry, The Sector has witnessed several important events and initiatives this year. Microfinance Focus looks back at the year 2009 and presents you with the most read stories covered by us in 2009. Best of the best: Featured Stories Is There a Microfinance Bubble in South India? By most standards, microfinance ... Full story

KfW provides EUR86.7M to SIDBI for Indian microfinance sector

Microfinance Focus, Dec. 22, 2009: The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and the German Development Bank (KfW), have signed agreements last week for financial assistance totalling 86.7 million euros for India’s microfinance sector, essentially to bridge the gap between demand and supply of financial services for the poor in India. The SIDBI Microfinance Programme, which consists of a credit line of 85 million euros ... Full story

ACCESS, MDI launch Livelihoods India awards in memory of Sitaram

Microfinance Focus, Sept. 2, 2009: New Delhi-based ACCESS Development Services and Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon are jointly launching the ‘Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition’ in memory of Mr. Sitaram Rao, the mentor and guru of the Indian Microfinance and Livelihoods movement who recently passed away. The competition aims to document motivating case studies to increase awareness on the livelihoods sector. The participants will ... Full story
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