Category: Microfinance Interviews

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Interview with Mathew Titus, Sa-Dhan about the problems facing MFI’s

The microfinance sector has gone through several ups and downs in India. After the euphoria of exponential growth, the crisis in Andhra Pradesh and the subsequent freeze in business along with non-repayments saw many organizations going under, while many are still on the edge. Mathew Titus, executive director, Sa-Dhan, an association of microfinance institutions, talks […]

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Interview with Chairperson and CFO of SKS Microfinance – News Digest

Q&A: Puranam Hayagreeva Ravikumar, SKS Microfinance Puranam Hayagreeva Ravikumar, who takes over as SKS Microfinance’s new non-executive chairperson-interim with immediate effect, has also been the head of the board’s audit committee. In an interview with Rajesh Bhayani, he talks about the new strategies and business models SKS Microfinance would adopt. Edited excerpts : BS   […]

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Role of Women in Microfinance – Women’s World Banking CEO

Mary Ellen Iskenderian, CEO of Women’s World Banking says women have emerged as key players in microfinance industry in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the below interview she speaks about trends in the sector and elaborates on what WWB is doing to increase and improve women’s participation in microfinance. Interview Mary Ellen Iskenderian, Women’s World […]

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Interview with Mr Sunil Agarwal MD of SE Investments Ltd

Mr Sunil Agarwal MD of SE Investments Ltd , a non banking finance company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange with operations in western and central India spoke to CNBC TV-18 about the draft Microfinance Institutions (development and regulation) Bill 2011 introduced by the central government in India. Mr Sunil Agarwal also added that microfinance […]

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SKS Microfinance CFO – Dilli Raj Interview

CNBC TV- 18 has conducted an interview with SKS Microfinance’s CFO, Dilli Raj where he sheds information about SKS Microfinance’s financials and balance sheet. He also reveals why SKS Microfinance chose to reject the corporate debt restructuring route and how much additional funding it has been able to tie-up in Q3 . He also states […]

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Interview with Raju Kuriachan, Chairman – Hope Microcredit Finance

“Onerous conditions are sought to be placed on MFIs functioning” Microcredit is certainly a noble idea and a genuine innovation that has provided some positive impact to its clients, particularly to women’s empowerment. It also helps the poor during cyclical or unexpected crises, and thus reduces their vulnerability. A Post Graduate with additional qualification in […]

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Interview Nachiket Shelgikar – Co-founder, Micro Housing Finance Corporation

Micro Housing Finance Corporation Limited (MHFC) is a start up venture aimed at providing housing finance for lower income households (mostly in the informal sector) in urban India. Visit MHFC’s Blog at MHFC has been set up by finance and property development professionals with several years of local and international experience between them. The […]

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Understanding Rural Mindset in India – Interview with Rama Bijapurkar

Byravee Iyer and Baljit Chaddha of Bloomberg UTV interview Rama Bijapurkar on regional complexity and the rural prosperity in India. Rama Bijapurkar is one India’s leading independent marketing strategy consultants. Rama Bijapurkar is a graduate of IIM Ahmedabad and her work experience has been in market research and strategy consulting. She has held several leadership positions […]

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Interview with Chuck Waterfield , CEO Microfinance Transperancy

Interview with Chuck Waterfield, CEO of MF Transparency, an organization that follows the microfinance industry worldwide. Consumer protection of Microfinance Clients Chuck Waterfield, CEO of Microfinance Transperancy explains why the Latin American microfinance industry is interested in consumer protection. The below interview was conducted at Foromic 2010 which was held in Montevideo, Uruguay during the […]

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Interview with Y H Malegam on his report on Indian Microfinance Institutions

By suggesting a cap on interest rates on microloans and annual income of poor borrowers, a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) panel on microfinance led by noted chartered accountant Y.H. Malegam has ruffled many feathers. In an interview, Malegam defended the recommendations, saying the panel’s mandate was to protect poor borrowers and not microfinance institutions […]

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Microfinance sector in India must be saved – Raghuram Rajan

In conversation with NDTV’s Namrata Brar, Raghuram Rajan, a professor at University of Chicago and a former chief economist at the IMF, says the microfinance sector in India must be saved. “Regulation is fine but profitability of the sector cannot be destroyed,” he adds. Rajan also talks about the recently released RBI’s paper on foreign […]

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Interview with Malcolm Harper on Andhra Pradesh Microfinance Crisis

The “Why?” of Andhra Pradesh – An Interview with Malcolm Harper By Philip Mader – Governance Across Borders In this interview, Professor Malcolm Harper analyses some of the underlying causes and consequences of the microfinance crisis in Andhra Pradesh. Professor Harper is chairman of the microfinance rating agency M-CRIL and editor of the volume “What’s wrong […]

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

IMBN recently conducted an interview with Prashant Mishra , founder of Audech ( 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 […]

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Microfinance Focus on Pakistan – Interview with Nadeem Hussain

CNBC Pakistan recently conducted a second interview with Nadeem Hussain, President and CEO of Tameer Microfinance Bank Ltd ( ) which operates in the rural areas of Pakistan. In the below interview Mr Nadeem Hussain speaks about the size and prospects of the microfinance sector in Pakistan, high interest rates charged by MFI’s along […]