Microfinance

Snapshots of Myanmar's flourishing microfinance market

YANGON -- Ever since Myanmar began transitioning to civilian rule in 2011 and opening up its borders, investor money and advanced technology has been …

Asia

Transforming microfinance through digital technology in Malaysia

Today, smartphones are used by more than half the world. By 2020, this number will reach 6.1 billion. Mobile-based digital technology presents a huge …

FinTech

Sen. Prince Y. Johnson - 'I Killed for Reason, but Am New in Christ'

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The once dreadful warlord Prince Y. Johnson, now a senator and a preacher, does not have regrets of his past and …

Liberia

How a Job Acquires a Gender (and Less Authority If It's Female)

“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.”<p>So proclaims Beyoncé in a video in support of the #banbossy campaign. The campaign highlights how when little boys take …

Gender

Why we gender-stereotype jobs

A study of microfinance loan managers in Central America reveals how clients assign gender roles<p>“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.”<p>So proclaims Beyoncé in a video in support of the #banbossy campaign. The campaign highlights how when little boys take charge, they’re often praised for being a “leader.” …

Gender

Indonesia's sharia financial committee focuses on boosting real sector

The National Committee for Sharia Finance (KNKS) is focusing on boosting the real sharia sector instead of developing sharia finance products in a …

Sharia

Top 200 Internet of Things Prototypes from the “Touch IoT with SAP Leonardo” Prototype Challenge

It is my pleasure to announce that, after much deliberation, we have arrived at the Top 200 submissions for the Prototype Challenge as part of the …

SAP SE

Bharat Financial Inclusion Posts Rs 37 Crore Loss In Q1 FY18

Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd (BFIL) on said it has reported a loss of Rs 37 crore for the quarter ended June 30 against Rs 236 crore profit during …

India

Expansion plan set for BPI’s micro finance bank

Bank of the Philippine Islands unveiled an aggressive expansion plan for its micro finance bank, which was launched yesterday.The post Expansion plan …

Philippines

How Emerging Markets And Blockchain Can Bring An End To Poverty

Back in 2015, Forbes featured an interview with William Blair partner Brian Singer on how bitcoin will end world poverty. According to Singer, the growing access to the internet through affordable devices could enable particularly those from emerging markets to use a cheaper payment system with a …

Bitcoin

On The ESG Horizon -- Achieving A Global Standard

ESG integration was once a topic left to the public relations department of the average organization. Now that institutional investors are seeing how responsible integration positively affects a company’s valuation, talks of mandatory government regulation around the world are increasing.<p>“The pace …

Finance

Annapurna Microfinance Raises Rs 61 Cr from Bamboo Capital Partners, BIO and Oikocredit

Annapurna has experienced significant growth in its loan portfolio and operations over the last 3 years whilst maintaining excellent portfolio …

Venture Capital

Microfinance - 'it has symbolic value'

Essma Ben Hamida, co-founder of Tunisian microcredit institution Enda, was present when Ivanka Trump helped launch a loan program for women at the …

G20

How Equitas survived the MFI crisis to become a small finance bank

<i>Vasudevan PN was driven by the thought of financing low-income people which led to the formation of Equitas (then UPDB Micro Finance) in 2007<br>Image: P</i> …

FinTech

Why Bankers Won't Go Anywhere Near Small Farmers

A miller, a trader and a farmer walk into a bank. Each carries the receipt for a bag of wheat worth ₹20. The miller walks out with a loan of ₹16, the …

Agriculture

Why do jobs have genders?

“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.”<p>So proclaims Beyoncé in a video in support of the #banbossy campaign. The campaign highlights how when little boys take …

Gender

Yes, microlending reduces extreme poverty

A small boost in microlending to the developing world could lift more than 10.5 million people out of extreme poverty. That’s one conclusion of my …

Global Perspectives

An All-In-One Platform Designed With Cambodia's Microfinance Pros In Mind

Before he cofounded Morakot, a banking and loan management platform for microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia, Sophorth Khuon worked in microfinance himself. So he knew firsthand the challenges MFIs face when it comes to loan distribution and management.<p>“Less than 5% of microfinance …

FinTech

Do You Have a Market for Your Venture?

As a distinguished Microfinance Banker and Practitioner, Researcher and Gender Specialist, Dr. Jennifer Riria, Group CEO, Kenya Women Holding has led …

Women's News (India)

Poor US economic data pushes stock markets to end lower, and seven other top stories

Other headlines: The Civil Aviation Ministry asked for a delay in GST implementation, and a report said demonetisation adversely hit the microfinance …

India

Demonetisation: Note ban hits microfinance sector hard, according to India Ratings report

It estimated that the collection efficiency is down to about 75%- 80%.<p>At a time when hard evidence of demonetisation’s impact on the economy seems to …

India

Demonetisation May Lead To Equity Erosion For Microfinance Institutions, Says India Ratings

Borrower discipline, a key ingredient for the smooth functioning of microfinance, has severely deteriorated in certain districts of affected states …

India

Microfinance helping refugees fund their start-up dreams

Lateline meets three new Australians, with three different business ideas, all needing a hand to get off the ground.

Small Business

Favourable monsoon may give boost to CV loans, recovery in microfinance: Moody's & ICRA

<b>Mumbai:</b> Favourable monsoon is likely to brighten outlook for recovery in microfinance, tractor and will be a boost for commercial vehicles (CV) …

Business (India)

We Need To Go Beyond Development Stereotypes To Empower Women

<b>By Kate Grantham</b><p>At the start of every new term, I like to show my first-year international development studies (IDS) students a TED Talk by Nigerian …

Canadian News

How Not to Have Six Horrible Months in Uganda

<i>Perhaps start by taking a more nuanced look at the people you meet?</i>We are not allowed to be complex, like any other society.” Downtown Kampala by …

Africa

New Partnership Aims To Lift Women Microentrepreneurs In Myanmar Out Of Poverty

From the United Nations to EY, experts have touted the power of microfinance in extending financial inclusion to women in developing countries. A new partnership between the U.S.’ Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Early Dawn Microfinance (DAWN) aims to bring that access to …

Save the Children

Biz Buzz: A collection of business news from around Hamilton

A McMaster University medical student is the co-founder of a Canadian not-for-profit with a goal of making sure every person on the planet has access …

Canadian News

An Untold Economic Success Story in Syria

Hanan Odah, a Palestine refugee is living proof that as large businesses collapse, small-scale enterprises can survive and even thrive in the …

World Economic Forum

M Power Micro Finance gets Rs 25.7 cr from IndiaNivesh Capital

M Power Micro Finance, a Maharashtra-based non-banking finance company (NBFC), has raised Rs 25.7 crore in a fresh round of funding from (ICL). The …