Finance/ Micro-finance

eMkambo: A Market-driven Agricultural Solution Platform in Zimbabwe

In late 2012, Knowledge Transfer Africa (KTA), an indigenous knowledge systems company launched eMkambo, an interactive electronic knowledge-sharing platform for the agriculture sector in partnership with software developer Afrosoft Holdings.

Having been closely following this development, NewsDay columnist Omen Muza (ND) recently caught up with Charles Dhewa (CD), KTA chief executive officer and eMkambo founder and asked him about eMkambo’s progress so far, its linkages with other key market infrastructure and its prospects.

Barefoot Power and Solar Entrepreneurs in Uganda

In Uganda, 5 million households (85% of the population) lack access to electricity. It has become evident that access to reliable electricity plays a major role in development. One of the major problems for developing countries that lack electricity is expensive, unhealthy, unsafe lighting alternatives. Most Ugandans use kerosene lanterns or candles for lighting which produce poor quality light, have unsafe open flames that cause fires, and with kerosene price fluctuations, they are not affordable.

Kiva's MFIs provide micro finance to UpEnergy Retailers in Uganda, Rwanda and Central America

Kiva's MFIs provide micro finance to UpEnergy Retailers in Uganda, Rwanda and Central America

When Kiva first decided to branch into loans for clean energy and green technologies, we discovered a wealth of prospective partners offering products designed for the poor. Now we're growing that portfolio even more by launching with UpEnergy, a social enterprise working to make clean energy accessible in Uganda, Rwanda and Central America.

Kiva - Loans that Change Lives: Microfinance offered online through a worldwide network of MFIs

We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

Since Kiva was founded in 2005:
• 918,735 Kiva Lenders
• $421,106,525 in loans
• 99.01% repayment rate

We work with:
• 192 Field Partners
• 450 Volunteers around the world
• 67 Different countries

Study: Establishing an Inclusive Business Private Equity Fund in Vietnam: A Market Scoping Study

Study: Establishing an Inclusive Business Private Equity Fund in Vietnam: A Market Scoping Study, April 2012

The Asian DEvelopment Bank is exploring the viability of an inclusive business private equity fund (IBPE) designed to support the development of business models that directly integrate labour, products and consumers from low-income segments of Vietnam's society.

Trustco - Providing Educational Loans in Namibia

Trustco provides educational loans to students enrolled at the Institute for Open Learning (IOL), the largest private distance-learning tertiary education institution in Namibia. Both entities are subsidiaries of Trustco Education (Pty) Ltd., which was established when Trustco Group Holdings (TGH) acquired IOL in 2005. Trustco Finance is located in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, and has five branch offices and 50 staff. From 2005 to 2011, Trustco Finance registered over 55,000 loans.

Agrofinanzas - Lending to Farmers and Rural Companies in Mexico

Agrofinanzas is a specialized, non-deposit taking financial institution called a Sociedad Financiera de Objeto Limitado or Sofol on-lending to farmers and rural companies in Mexico. As a sofol, Agrofinanzas is regulated and supervised by the Mexican Banking and Securities Commission. The company was created in 2005 when the Esteve family, majority shareholders in ECOM, an international soft commodity trader, decided to spin off the supplier financing division of ECOM’s Mexican subsidiary, Agroindustrias Unidas de Mexico S.A. de C.V. (AMSA).

DineroMail - Processing E-commerce Payments in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Colombia

DineroMail is an e-commerce payments processor that facilitates electronic payments between businesses and customers. Founded in 2004 by entrepreneurs Alejandro Estrada and Alex Oxenford, DineroMail is incorporated in Delaware in the United States. The company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia. As of February 2011, Naspers held a 79.71% equity stake. Other shareholders include IFC (14.31%) and DineroMail’s founders (6%).

For more information refer to the IFC website www1.ifc.org

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