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Janalakshmi to lead investor rush into Indian microfinance sector

After Janalakshmi’s record-breaking deal, Indian MFI sector likely to raise Rs 2,000 crore ($335 million USD) in 2014 Janalakshmi Financial Services, a non-banking financial company (NBFC) focused on the urban under-served, is expected to lead the rush of private equity (PE) funds into India’s microfinance sector, signalling a strong recovery. According to sources, global PE major …
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Grameen Koota raises $10 million USD (or 532 million INR) in its 3rd round of equity funding lead by Creation Investments

Grameen Koota raises $10 million USD (or 532 million INR) in its 3rd round of equity funding lead by Creation Investments February 27, 2013 – Bangalore, India: Grameen Financial Services Pvt Ltd (GFSPL), popularly know as Grameen Koota today announced its third round of equity funding of $10 million USD (or 532 million INR) lead …
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Using Small Loans to Generate Big Profits – Microlending Drives One of Africa’s Most Ambitious Banks – WSJ.com

By SOLOMON MOORE NAIROBI, Kenya—At a recent group-lending meeting in the Kawangware slum, about 10 miles from downtown, Jackson Munyovi sought $350 to build a new shanty for his wife and two children.   Nichole Sobecki for The Wall Street JournalJackson Munyovi borrowed $350 to build a new shanty for his two children and wife. The …
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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Announces Launch of Investing with Impact Platform

Investing with Impact Platform offers an investment approach targeting risk-adjusted financial returns as well as positive environmental and social impact Submitted by:Morgan Stanley Categories:Socially Responsible Investing,Finance Posted:Apr 26, 2012 – 01:30 PM EST NEW YORK, Apr. 26 /CSRwire/ – Morgan Stanley Smith Barney today announced the launch of a new investment platform designed to help …
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Creation Investment Social Ventures Fund I Announces a Final Fund Closing of $32 million in Committed Capital

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Creation Investment Social Ventures Fund I Announces a Final Fund Closing of $32 million in Committed Capital CHICAGO, IL – January 14, 2010 – Creation Investments Social Ventures Fund I, a global Microfinance private equity fund, completed its final closing on December 15, 2010 with total committed capital of $31.8 million USD. …
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dfe Partners and Creation Investments Establish CEE Microfinance Holdings, as a Regional Holding Company and Complete 3 Acquisitions

Combined Talent from Financial Services and Microfinance Join to Expand Microfinance Services Throughout Central and Eastern Europe DATELINE, September 23rd, 2010 – CEE Microfinance Holdings, N.V., a new, private equity backed, Dutch holding company owned by the Balkan Financial Sector Equity Fund, managed by the Swiss based dfe partners, and Creation Investments Social Ventures Fund …