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India MFIs’ loan portfolio rises 29% in Q4 2013

BY  ANURADHA VERMA During the quarter, microfinance institutions received funding worth Rs 3,448 crore of which Rs 2,820 crore came from banks and remaining from other FIs. The aggregate gross loan portfolio of microfinance institutions (MFIs) rose 29 per cent to Rs 23,998 crore in the third quarter ended on December 31, 2013 against the …

India Has Millions of Female Entrepreneurs and They Need Easier Access to Money – WSJ.com

By SHANOOR SEERVAI A female entrepreneur at her tea shop in the western state of Maharashtra.  Shanoor Seervai/The Wall Street Journal While there may not be many women occupying the executive offices of India, the country is home to literally millions of female entrepreneurs, in charge of their own tiny businesses, according to estimates by the International …

PE Investors Increase Emerging Market Investment, As Others Cash Out

Amid slowing growth, rising interest rates and currency volatility, some $33 billion has been withdrawn from emerging market stock and bond funds this year, exceeding the $29.2 billion outflow for all of 2013. Yet annual private equity fundraising for emerging markets is running 32 percent ahead of last year, according to data compiled from Palico’s …

MFIs entering new phase of stability, higher profits: Care

“This phase is expected to be characterised by a more stable regulatory environment, steady availability of funds, improving profitability with comfortable asset quality and capital adequacy and relatively lesser impact of concentration risk,” Care said in a report. Care Ratings today said micro finance sector is entering a phase of stable regulatory environment, higher availability …