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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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Edukacja Finansowa w Polsce

  Od 2003 r., w MFC zrealizowaliśmy ponad 50 projektów w 22 krajach. Projekty realizowane w Polsce są naszym laboratorium – ich wynikami dzielimy się z innymi! Moje mieszkanie – moja odpowiedzialność! Celem projektu realizowanego w latach 2015 – 2016 było kształtowanie pozytywnych zachowań młodych dorosłych w zakresie zarządzania finansami osobistymi i własnym mieszkaniem. Usamodzielniający się wychowankowie Młodzieżowych Ośrodków Wychowawczych ...

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Increasing Access to Finance for Rural Population in Belarus

   Funder: USAID     Partner: Republican Microfinance Center Financial services can be a lifeline to low-income people, when used correctly. We’re working in Belarus to build the capacity of the Republican Microfinance Centre to provide training on budget management and saving to low-income communities. As part of this, our master trainers are rolling out our Plan Your Future and Debt Management modules across ...

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Financing start-ups and social outcomes measurement

In a time of economic slow-down, the idea of financing start-up enterprises in the EU is quite alluring. As such, start-ups (enterprises in early stages of development, generally less than 2 years old) are high on European Commission’s agenda. For this reason, the MFC is taking a deep dive on how microfinance can support start-ups. We will examine existing practices ...

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MFC Members Recognized for Financial Inclusion Work

      Financial inclusion is high on the European Union agenda, and we support our members to become effective inclusion advocates. We do this by continually expanding our Financial Inclusion Ambassador Toolkit. We aim at simple, strong and effective initiatives. This June, we held our second annual “Inclusion Ambassadors” award ceremony. We acknowledged four members who not only reach ...

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First Employment and Social Innovation microfinance deal in Albania

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Fondi Besa (BESA) have signed the first guarantee agreement aimed at supporting micro-enterprises in Albania under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). This new EaSI guarantee agreement with the non-bank microfinance institution BESA, will cover a loan portfolio of ALL 3 billion (c. €22 million) for micro-borrowers, targeting in particular the ...

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Research Program

MFC undertakes quantitative and qualitative research studies in order to provide an insight into the drivers of customer behavior and market development We carry out enterprise and MFI surveys and research projects to deepen knowledge and understanding of the microcredit and SME finance market in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The results of our studies have been used to inform ...

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Demand for Microfinance Services

We conduct studies to assess the need for credit, deposit and microinsurance services among clients and develop market development projections using the access frontier tool. Our work has encompassed: Demand for savings  The market for deposit services of microcredit-deposit organizations (MDO) in Tajikistan: The goal of this study, funded by GTZ, was to assess the market potential for savings services ...

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Access to Finance

Measuring Access to Finance: Developing evidence-based access policies According to the recently-published Global Findex data, 45% of adults in the ECA region have access to financial services, making it among global leaders in financial inclusion. However, performance within the region is mixed. Some countries (such as Slovenia) boast near universal access, while in others (such as Kyrgyzstan), less than 5% ...

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Supply for Microfinance Services

We use surveys and in-depth interviews to explore issues around infrastructure, product availability, and legal/regulatory opportunities and constraints around the supply of financial services. Since 2002, MFC has conducted mapping studies to track the scale, outreach and performance of microfinance providers in ECA. Reports are available for the following years: 2010: Re-emerging from the Crisis – Microfinance in ECA 2009: ...

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