The Indian microfinance crackdown

Many reasons lie behind the current crisis of the Indian microfinance market. Among them, 4 heterogeneous factors emerge as the key-triggers of the widest systemic incident ever experienced in this relatively young industry. There has been an abundant literature on the crackdown of the microfinance sector in India that has been surged since 2009 with.. read more →

Investing with values : which ones ?

Investing with sense and responsibility has ever been possible. It’s just a question of willing to do it and make it properly. Islamic finance has been drawing much attention in the Western countries over a couple of years. I see two mean reasons for it : it results in a better segmentation of banking services,.. read more →

Sustainability : entrepreneurs and shareholders should reconsider the very reasons they start and run a business if they want to survive

In June 2010, Joseph F. Keefe, President and CEO of Pax World Management, a leading US investment company specialised on sustainable investing exposed with much brightness the lessons of the financial crisis and what will help the entire business community to get out of it with success.     Ready to change ? “It seems.. read more →

21 Dec 2010
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Beyond microfinance (2) : getting out of the Stone Age

“Nobody will have the ‘monopoly’ on microfinance and the term might eventually disappear”, according to Stefan Platteau (MicroNet) and Hedwig Siewertsen (Tridos Facet) in a very good essay of prospective called ‘Trends in microfinance 2010 – 2015” issued last year. Act local … think local The authors outline an increased integration in the mainstream financial.. read more →

Can MFIs grow up without forgetting their roots ?

It was recently announced the IPO of SKS, India’s largest microfinance company (by value of outstanding loans, the number of borrowers and number of branches) backed by Sequoia Capital and George Soros. The SKS main features are impressive : 5,3 million customers and 20.000 employees. It is the world’s fastest- growing microfinance organization and it.. read more →