Financial inclusion and SME financing in the Philippines

On December 6th, a conference was held at the initiative of meso IMPACT Finance, for the release of a study on the contribution of the financial services and the agricultural sector to the inclusive growth in the Philippines.   What does inclusion mean ? This means bringing the capacity to get persons out of poverty.. read more →

Social business in the Philippines (3) : financing the “missing middle”

We continue our series with the case of a Manila-based finance company I recently visited whose mission is to fill the gap between microfinance and conventional banking. This company is worth being mentioned as actors working in what I call the “grey zone” are put under the spotlight.           The finance.. read more →

Funding the SMEs in the Philippines : a true challenge to support an economic (and sustainable) development

SMEs’ access to funding is not only a hot issue in the hold economies, as it has been the case in the EU for instance, as an aftermath of the financial crisis. Small entrepreneurs in emerging countries are facing similar obstacles to grow their activities.         The Filipino SMEs’ market Despite a.. read more →

Social business in the Philippines (2) : taking stake in the microfinance industry

Crowd-funding has emerged as a new (and successful) way to reach unknown people and collect (sometimes) considerable amount of money within a very quick period of time. This trend is obviously intrinsically linked with the information technologies which have resulted in an unbelievable ultra-connectivity between continents and their inhabitants. Even if roughly half of the.. read more →

Social business in the Philippines (1) : the case with buffalos in the milk line

As part of my recent business trip in the Philippines, I visited a pilot project of buffalo husbandry aimed at producing milk. This project has been run for 2 decades around. Carabaos (the main subspecy of domesticated buffalos in the Philippines or “Kalabaw” in Filipino) are as common as cows in Europe, except that they.. read more →