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Give your Input to the State of Housing Finance Report

Bonus days! We’ve decided to extend the survey until March 17. If you haven’t completed your survey, do so now! Habitat for Humanity invites financial institutions and organizations to take part in the 2016-17 survey of the State of the Housing Microfinance. Housing microfinance is a growing sector with potential for more investment and profits. There is information on how ...

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EaSI: Find out more about instruments & activities for financial intermediaries!

            We are pleased to share with you the new brochure about the instruments and activities that are available for financial intermediaries under the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme*. Download the brochure in English, French & German.   *The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme aims at promoting social inclusion, combating poverty and improving ...

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Breaking news! EIF and European Commission launch new capacity building initiative for micro-credit and social finance providers!

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the European Commission are announcing a new initiative to help micro-credit and social enterprise finance providers develop their businesses under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). The new “EaSI Capacity Building Investments Window” will reinforce the capacity of selected financial intermediaries in the areas of microfinance and social enterprise finance. Through equity investments (such as seed financing, ...

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Microfinance & the start-up sector: Romania visit || Read our new case studies!

In early October, MFC staff visited Romania to meet with a range of stakeholders (including MFC members Vitas and GoodBee) to discuss how the microfinance sector currently supports start-up businesses, what challenges the sector faces in that work and the opportunities to expand that support in future. Among key issues and ideas we heard was the fact that 1) the ...

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Financial education for all!

For over a year, MFC has facilitated a group of Polish organizations active in providing financial education. Working group members deliver financial education to variety of groups: children, youth, adults, farmers, low-income families and vulnerable people. Through this group, we have engaged with over 20 financial institutions, public institutions and NGOs in a discussion about the status of financial literacy ...

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Welcome to our new Member: Opportunity Bank Serbia!

By providing financial solutions and training, Opportunity Bank Serbia (OBS) empowers the underserved and financially excluded people to transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities. OBS targets low-income households in rural areas that lack access to credit products for facilitation of self-employment and entrepreneurship activities. Three main client target groups of OBS are: entrepreneurs and micro businesses, registered ...

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Welcome to our new Member: Oradian from Croatia!

Oradian is a global technology provider offering financial inclusion solutions. Its simple and intuitive cloud-based platform empowers financial institutions tackling the challenges to connect billions of potential clients at the base of the economic pyramid to financial services. Find out more

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Financial education in Azerbaijan: Read the case study!

We are proud to share with you the results of our three-year, EU-funded project called “Building female professionals and promoting women entrepreneurship development in rural regions of Azerbaijan” managed together with Azerbaijan Microfinance Association (AMFA). The results of the project serve as a successful model for addressing the issue of female participation in microfinance, and more generally, women’s employment in ...

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SP Fund round 3 in numbers

In October 2015, we launched the third round of the SP Fund (thanks to continued support from the Ford Foundation). The aim of this latest round is to build the capacity of national associations and MFIs to use the SPI4 tool to manage and report on their social performance. After the first 12 months of implementation, we’re proud to announce ...

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