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Is microfinance detached from the global crisis?

A great editorial from responsAbility Social Investments head of research Cécile Koller… . “Can people escape poverty through microfinance?” This was the key question which had always been raised in the past with respect to microfinance. Since October of last year, however, the focus of attention has shifted to another question: “Is microfinance detached from …
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We’re Dull, Small Banks Say, but Have Profits

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/12/business/12small.html?_r=2&th&emc=th . I saw this article in the NY Times a month ago and see many similarities with Microfinance banks.  In financial services investments broadly, this segment has avoided much of the over-leveraging and troubled asset issues that the larger banks have.  That may make them boring, but staying in business, continuing to serve customers …
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Sectoral Highlight: Microfinance Investment Opportunities in an under-banked Cambodia

From our friends at Leopard Capital, a great synopsis on the Cambodian MFI industry. . In recent years, the Cambodian banking sector has experienced dramatic growth due to annual GDP expansion of more than 10 percent and to increasing bank penetration. Bank deposits have grown from $382 million in 2000 to more than $2.5 billion …