Microfinance News Digest

How Janalakshmi Microfinance bucked the downtrend in Indian Microfinance

How Janalakshmi got to the top
Janalakshmi’s loan book has been skyrocketing — growing 200 per cent year on year, from Rs 60 crore in 2009 to about Rs 450 crore today. It has had no problems raising money—its funders have been Lok Capital, Treeline, Citicorp Venture Capital, among others—some of the first-round investors having partially exited with attractive returns of over 25 per cent.Read more BS 

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MFI Saija Finance gets $4.5-mn investment
After raising $4.5 million (Rs 25.08 crore) from Accion and Pragati India fund, microfinance company Saija Finance Ltd is looking to expand its business and product portfolio through acquisitions.BS

RBI likely to relax norms for NBFC-MFIs
Central bank may give more time to comply with norms relating to loan tenure and borrowers’ income cap. Live Mint

MFIs report 15% contraction in loan book
Microfinance institutions (MFIs) that work outside Andhra Pradesh have registered a growth in loan disbursement, while their counterparts focusing on the state have posted a decline. BS

The technological opportunity in payments
In the olden days, the field of payments was inextricably interlinked with banking. Money was only held in bank accounts; the only way to move money around was through banks. AS Blog

NCR makes wireless withdrawals in under 10 seconds at the ATM
A new software from NCR Corporation will allow consumers to initiate cash withdrawals from their banking accounts on mobile devices and then complete those transactions at an ATM by scanning a 2D barcode. ET

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  1. Dr Mrs Sushma Joiya

    June 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Simply providing finance to the downtrodden will never raise theiir socio-economic status. We will have to how many members living under poverty line are gaining by at least Rs 2000/- per month.
    If the beneficiaries are gaining by Rs 2000/- per month by socio-economic activities through microfinance then only it will be presumed that they have risen above the poverty line. Otherwise it is simply wastage of money and time. Such exercises will be make them more poorer than before.
    We have requested Government of India to instruct SIDBI to monitor the functioning of Microfinance companies. We have observed that MFIs are becoming richer and richer and the poor are becoming poor and poorer then before.
    Dr Mrs Sushma Joiya
    National Chairperson
    Integrated Congress of Women Entrepreneurs.

  2. Prakash Mondal

    July 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Now a days MFI’s is the most powerful activities of rural & semi rural of the country. It increase the poor for more activities for econimically support also they acepts liitle money for vast income.

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