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With Squeeze on Credit, Microlending Blossoms – NYT

By KRISTINA SHEVORY Published: July 28, 2010 Amanda Keppert is convinced that she would have lost Mandy’s Korner, her hot dog stand in San Jose, Calif., if she had not received a type of loan that is more common in the third world than in the United States. Amanda Keppert obtained a $6,500 loan that …

State of Microfinance Investment Summary: The MicroRate 2010 MIV Survey

Executive Summary MicroRate’s 5th annual Survey of microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs) measures the development of a relatively new category of funds and other intermediaries that mobilize investments in rich countries and channel them to microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the developing world. (These MIVs provide debt to Microfinance Institutions, with equity funds generally not experiencing these …

MicroCred Sells Mexican Operations to Fig Tree/Aspire/Creation

The MicroCred Group, an investment division of the French PlaNet Finance Group, has completed the sale of its Mexican operations, including assets valued at the euro-equivalent of USD 5 million, to Fig Tree Ventures, a microfinance management company based in the US. MicroCred Chairman Arnaud Ventura says that, “The completion of this agreement is an …

IPO Pits Profit vs. Altruism – WSJ.com

Indian Microlender Sees Scale in Capitalism; Industry Pioneer Has His Doubt . By ERIC BELLMAN . Hyderabad, India . SKS Microfinance Ltd. moved a step closer to bringing Wall Street to the slums of India. But that also will bring more criticism from microfinance experts who say profits and initial public offerings have no place …