Venture capital and Private Equity funds view of investing in bottom of the pyramid companies

Given below is a presentation by Mr Shyam Kamadolli , a VC on the size of the bottom of the pyramid and their expectations from companies catering to BoP. Mr Shyam is a Director at FIL Capital Advisors (India) Private Limited, where he focuses on sectors that include technology, media and telecommunications. Shyam has 16 … Continue reading “Venture capital and Private Equity funds view of investing in bottom of the pyramid companies”

Interview with Prashant Mishra , Founder of Audech a provider of Free MFI Software

IMBN recently conducted an interview with Prashant Mishra , founder of Audech (http://www.audech.com)- a microfinance software provider that provides free mis software for microfinance institutions. India Microfinance Business News : Tell us something about your background. How did you enter this sector ? Prashant Mishra : I am a software developer and I was fascinated … Continue reading “Interview with Prashant Mishra , Founder of Audech a provider of Free MFI Software”

Why Did Several Top Indian MFIs Grow Very Rapidly from Apr 2007 to Mar 2009 ?

By Ramesh S Arunachalam , Rural Finance Practitioner I have been wondering about the causes of the burgeoning growth experienced by MFIs in India during the last few years and have had this nagging question, at the back of my mind, for almost 3 to 4 months: What caused MFIs to grow at such rapid rates? … Continue reading “Why Did Several Top Indian MFIs Grow Very Rapidly from Apr 2007 to Mar 2009 ?”

MFI Model – Advantages over the SHG-Bank Linkage Model

Two of our regular readers and top contributers have written an article in response to SHG-Bank Linkage Model – Why it is better ? MFI Model – Why it is better ? By Mr L Jerauld and Mr P Inbaraj from Tamil Nadu The Women SHG Members face many problems in the smooth functioning of their … Continue reading “MFI Model – Advantages over the SHG-Bank Linkage Model”

Improving The Governance of Compensation in MFIs

By Ramesh S Arunachalam , Rural Finance Practitioner There has been so much of controversy regarding the governance of compensation in MFIs, especially during the last few months. I had posted my observations – a few days ago – with regard to remuneration issues at various MFIs in India. In this post, I try and … Continue reading “Improving The Governance of Compensation in MFIs”

Swadhaar Co-Founder Veena Mankar on the Andhra Pradesh Microfinance Crisis

By Veena Mankar Veena Mankar is co-founder and managing director of Swadhaar FinServe. She has over 30 years of experience in development and commercial banking. Below is her response to Beth Rhyne’s Huffington Post blog article, “Who’s to blame for the Andhra Pradesh crisis? I would like to add a dimension to Beth Rhyne’s perspective … Continue reading “Swadhaar Co-Founder Veena Mankar on the Andhra Pradesh Microfinance Crisis”

Janalakshmi Financial Services planning to raise Rs 200 Crore Private Equity

Janalakshmi Financial Services which has been founded by former Citibank banker Ramesh Ramanathan plans to raise more than Rs 200 crore in private equity funding in the near term, a source familiar with the development revealed. Unlike most other microfinance companies that are focused on rural areas, Janalakshmi Financial Services is an urban microfinance institution … Continue reading “Janalakshmi Financial Services planning to raise Rs 200 Crore Private Equity”