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The State and Future of Impact Investing – Forbes

Photo: Jai Catalano In a recent interview with Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, we discussed his new book about the impact investing sector, emerging trends and ideas in this space, challenges and opportunities moving forward, what the world would look like if the potential of impact investing were to be realized, and advice to …
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IFC may lend $50 million to support Chinese microfinance market

Microfinance Focus, February 28, 2012: International Finance Corporation (IFC) has proposed to lend $50 million to Fullerton Credit, China, to increases financial access for the underserved micro and small business enterprises and the self-employed mass market. The loan will be extended in local currency RMB to Fullerton Credit, Sichuan, Fullerton Credit, Chongqing and Fullerton Credit, Hubei. …
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MFIs an attractive option for NBFCs looking at banking foray: Eric Savage

Interview with Co-Founder & President Unitus Capital Raghuvir Badrinath / Chennai Feb 20, 2012, 00:29 IST The microfinance sector in India grew at an astonishing pace and so has been the climb down. The past 18-months have been one of the toughest time for microfinance institutions (MFI) as the access to capital has been scarce. …
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Impact Investing Creates Template for Responsible Capitalism

Posted: 02/14/2012 10:13 am  A microfinance lender in Tamil Nadu, a rice farm in Tanzania, a housing project in Chiapas and a rural development bank in Pakistan: all these projects are recipients of impact investment capital, committed to “doing good while doing well,” in one of the fastest growing investment trends of the past two …
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EBay founder a philanthropic powerhouse – USAToday

By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY WASHINGTON – Somewhere between his treatise on government transparency and soliloquy on human rights, Pierre Omidyar paused. H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY EBay founder Pierre Omidyar. EBay’s billionaire founder and proponent of good works was addressing a roomful of White House Fellows in a closed-door question-and-answer session last month, hours before President …
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Sequoia Capital bets on another microfinance player

Bangalore Feb 02, 2012 After backing SKS Microfinance, Sequoia Capital is now betting on another microfinance player, Bangalore-based urban poor-focused Ujjivan Financial Services, a member of the Grameen Network, Bangladesh. Sequoia Capital on Wednesday said it had participated in the fifth round of equity financing by Ujjivan, and was now the single-largest shareholder, with a …
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MFIs still seeing significant growth

May Kunmakara  Thursday, 02 February 2012 Outstanding loans and deposits in 28 of Cambodia’s microfinance institutions rose between 30 and 40 per cent year-on-year in 2011, official data from the Cambodian Microfinance Association indicated. The CMA’s data showed outstanding loans rose 41.5 per cent from US$916.3 million with 1.3 million borrowers in 2011, compared to …
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Microfinance Today – a Social Investment

Laura Hemrika, Corporate Citizenship 31.01.2012 As microfinance continues to grow and the broader field of social entrepreneurship gains increased attention at Credit Suisse and beyond, Rupert Scofield, CEO of microfinance partner FINCA International and experienced social entrepreneur, talks to us about future trends and opportunities in both.   One of the earlier and best known …