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Microfinance News Synopsis: Banks should charge less than 10% while lending to microfinance institutions

Microfinance Focus, July 8, 2010: Microfinance News Synopsis brings a compilation of industry headlines broadcasted by other news media from across the world. Banks should charge less than 10% while lending to microfinance institutions: Vijay Mahajan, who in June took over as chairman of the Washington DC-based Consultative Group to Assist Poor (CGAP), wants banks in India to lend to microfinance institutions (MFIs) at sub-10% interest ... Full story
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Jordan’s Microfund for Women launches Microinsurance Product ‘CareGiver’

Microfinance Focus, June 29, 2010: Microfund for Women (MFW), Jordan’s first microfinance program has recently launched the region’s first gender-sensitive microinsurance product, CareGiver. The products targets to help low-income women better cope with financial burdens associated with a medical emergency. With support from the International Labor Organization (ILO), MFW and its partner, Women’s World Banking (WWB), are providing this innovative insurance policy to MFW borrowers, ... Full story

Industry Practitioners confront claims of ‘Microfinance Failure’

Microfinance Focus, April 09, 2010: Afflicted with faulty media reports and researches over the real impact of microfinance in poverty alleviation, industry practitioners like ACCION International, FINCA, Grameen Foundation, Opportunity International, Unitus and Women’s World Banking have come together to confront the claims with their first hand experiences of the microfinance sector. In a press release issued by ACCION, these organizations have expressed their perspective ... Full story

WWB Microfinance leadership Center hosts conference

Microfinance Focus, March 1, 2010: The Women’s World Banking (WWB) Center for Microfinance Leadership has announced its inaugural Advanced Leadership Workshop, co-designed with and hosted at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education, from March 1 to 5. The five day program will bring together 22 senior leaders and managers in microfinance from 16 institutions in 15 countries across ... Full story

WWB announces First Loan Guarantee in Asia to CARD Bank in Philippines

Microfinance Focus, Feb 10, 2010:  Women’s World Banking, the global network of leading microfinance institutions and banks focusing on women empowerment, announced on Wednesday its first ever loan guarantee in Asia to support a $1.6 million loan by Standard Chartered Bank Philippines to WWB network member, CARD Bank in the Philippines. WWB pledged $500,000, which was leveraged more than three times, in its effort to promote ... Full story

Bill & Melinda Gates foundation grants $38M to top microfinance organisations

Microfinance Focus, Jan. 13, 2010: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will provide 6 grants totalling $38 million to create and safe and affordable affordable places for the poor, it was announced on Wednesday. The grants aim to provide 11 million people with access to savings over the next five years across Latin Amercia, Asia and Africa, the Gates Foundation said in a statement. The funds will ... Full story

Ujjivan’s Carol Furtado bags FWA Leadership Award

Ujjivan's Carol Furtado bags FWA Leadership Award
By Naagesh Naaraayana Microfinance Focus, Jan. 11, 2010:  Carol Furtado, Chief Operating Officer ( Southern Region) of Ujjivan Microfinance, has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the Financial Women's Association of New York Women's Leadership Award. Each year the FWA has sponsored WWB's Women in Leadership Workshop, a program to outstanding women leaders. "We have selected two ... Full story

WWB Names Fiona Macleod to Board of Friends of Women’s World Banking

Microfinance Focus, Dec. 06, 2009: Women’s World Banking (WWB), a global network of 40 microfinance providers and banks, recently announced the appointment of Fiona MacLeod to the Board of Directors of the Friends of Women’s World Banking (FWWB). Friends of WWB/USA, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which raises donations from U.S. foundations, corporations and individuals in support of WWB’s global mission. Ms. MacLeod brings more ... Full story

WWB to focus on women’s leadership: Mary Ellen

WWB to focus on women's leadership: Mary Ellen
Microfinance Focus, Nov. 4, 2009: Wherever Women's World Banking President and CEO Mary Ellen Iskenderian goes, she faces one obvious question from the audience or the media. That is the microfinance sector's focus on women. But she is happy to answer, as ever with a smile on her face, that she is glad that the ... Full story

WWB center to hold its first workshop in Bangalore

Microfinance Focus, Sept. 22, 2009: The WWB Center for Microfinance Leadership is planning to hold its first "Women in Leadership" workshop, aimed at women CEOs and senior managers, in January 2010 in Bangalore, India. The center is an initiative of Women's World Banking (WWB), a leading global network of microfinance institutions, with aid from the MasterCard Foundation to the tune of $3.1 million. Full story
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