India as Source of Microfinance Innovation

March 31, 2009 (CGAP) India has 850 million people who live on less than $2 per day. There is strong government interest in expanding financial services, an active microfinance sector, and fast-evolving business and technology sectors. When it comes to microfinance, information systems are critical to stronger internal controls (over cash flow, financial reporting, portfolio … [Read more…]

Savings Led Microfinance

March 27, 2009 (Tufts Daily) Practitioners, researchers and leaders in the field of microfinance gathered yesterday in Cabot Auditorium for the start of a two-day conference at the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy. The focus of the conference, called “Microfinance from Below: The Power of Savings and Savings Groups in Frontier Economies,” is … [Read more…]

6% Returns on Microfinance Investment

Last month we posted about the 5% security that Microplace.com was offering, and how, at that rate of return, we felt that Microplace.com would start tapping into small to medium size investors looking for a good investment. I received a note last night from the folks at Microplace informing me that the 5% security is … [Read more…]

Saving Grace: Credit and Empowering the Powerless

Title: Saving Grace: Credit and Empowering the Powerless Location: 752 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA Link out: Click here Description: An information session on microcredit – investing for social return, not profits with Terry Provance, Oikocredit USA Executive Director Start Time: 16:00 Date: 2009-04-22 End Time: 17:30

Banking on Dreams Fundraising Dinner

Title: Banking on Dreams Fundraising Dinner Location: Washington State Convention & Trade Center Link out: Click here Description: Please join Washington CASH for its 5th Annual Dinner on May 5th. 5:30 pm: Doors open for client business showcase – enjoy a refreshment and support Washington CASH entrepreneurs through your purchases and referrals. 6:30 pm: Dinner … [Read more…]

Why Microfinance and Healthcare Go Hand in Hand

(editor’s note: Gloriana Guillen is the Communications and Marketing Manager for Pro Mujer, a microfinance and women’s development initiative in Latin America. As a guest contributor, Gloriana will be posting about what Pro Mujer has learned as a practitioner of microfinance plus–the provision of financial services to the poor in conjunction with other development programs.) … [Read more…]

SKS to IPO? The Double-Bottom-Line Debate

The largest microfinance institution (MFI) in India and one of the largest in the world by most any measure, SKS Microfinance, has announced it is exploring the possibility of an initial public offering (IPO) sometime in 2010 (see full article for details).  SKS has been expanding its coffers steadily alongside its client base since the … [Read more…]

Microfinance Meets the Market

March 26, 2009 (Microcapital) “Microfinance Meets the Market” explores the tensions, opportunities, and overall dynamic of the microfinance industry as it shifts (or does not shift) towards commercialization. It outlines the evolution of microfinance (p3-7) from its beginnings as socially oriented non-profit microfinance institutions (MFIs) existing on subsidies to for-profit MFIs, and it explains the … [Read more…]

House Testimony from Grameen Foundation CEO

March 26th, 2009 — Grameen Foundation President and CEO, Alex Counts delivered oral testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs. The subcommittee makes budgetary recommendations on foreign aid programs and institutions, which include the United Nations among others. Alex Counts urged the committee to make … [Read more…]

The Case for Transparency in Microfinance

MFTransparency.com is a small NGO dedicated to “bringing pricing transparency to microfinance.”  Chuck Waterfield explains the need for transparency and how to create it in this slideshow: Why We Need Transparent Pricing In Microfinance View more presentations from Microfinance Transparency.