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Member News: Mastercard Partners with Unilever on SME Lending in Kenya

MSMEs need loans and grants to thrive in emerging economies. Mastercard's and Unilever's CEOs have a solution. SME Finance Forum member Mastercard is working with Unilever on new lending models for micro merchants in Kenya.

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Fintechs Wanted: Invitation to the Fintech Marketplace at the MFC-EMN Annual Conference
Fintech companies and tech providers working in the field of innovative solutions for financial institutions are invited to participate in the Fintech Marketplace during the MFC-EMN Annual Conference . The Fintech Marketplace will provide an opportunity to present its business and services and facilitate networking with financial institutions,...
Global SME Finance Forum 2018 - Meet Our Study Visit Hosts
Join the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 on November 5 to access study visits to financial institutions and fintechs that have best in class, innovative ways of serving SMEs clients. The conference will showcase unique perspectives of industry leaders, rich experiences of successful practitioners, and the impactful financial innovations that...
Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion Hosts Study Tour at Africa SME Finance Forum
The Africa SME Finance Forum 2018 provided more than 140 participants access to seven study visits to financial institutions and fintechs that have best in class, innovative ways of serving SMEs clients. The study tour took place in Nairobi, Kenya on May 14. One of the visits was to the Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion, which is one of...
First look at the Africa SME Finance Forum 2018 Marketplace
The Africa SME Finance Forum 2018 will examine the key challenges faced by MSMEs in Africa, and explore innovative local and global best practice solutions to promote youth entrepreneurship and enhance access to financing for MSMEs. The Marketplace, an exclusive opportunity for B2B introductory meetings, had over 100 participants at the Global SME...
SME Credit Program for Women
With support from FSD Africa, Women’s World Banking partnered with Malawi’s NBS Bank to design and implement a credit program for SMEs with a focus on women-owned businesses. The three institutions provided a guide to assist financial providers looking to serve women-owned SMEs with sustainable loans. A few of the topics covered include how to...
Member News: Raiffeisen chooses iGTB to provide digital trade finance platform
iGTB, the Global Transaction Banking division of Intellect Design Arena Ltd, five Austrian Raiffeisen Regional Banks and Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), a leading banking group in Austria and Central and Eastern Europe, have agreed a contract to implement a comprehensive digital trade finance platform. The deal includes provision of both an...
No Credit History? No Problem. Lenders Are Looking at Your Phone Data
Financial institutions, overcoming some initial trepidation about privacy, are increasingly gauging consumers’ creditworthiness by using phone-company data on mobile calling patterns and locations. The practice is tantalizing for lenders because it could help them reach some of the 2 billion people who don’t have bank accounts. On the other hand,...
OnDeck, Kabbage & CAN Capital Launch Loan Comparison Tool Smart Box
OnDeck, CAN Capital and Kabbage, have joined together to launch a loan comparison tool to help small businesses better compare finance options. As part of their participation in the Innovative Lending Platform Association (ILPA), the three online lenders have created “Straightforward Metrics Around Rate and Total cost Box or SMART Box . The ILPA...
News from our Members: AMP Credit Technologies to Unveil Newest Version of Lending Platform
AMP Credit Technologies announced today the unveiling of the latest version of its proprietary Credit Analysis Information & Risk Operations System (“CAIROS™”) automated lending platform. The newest platform, Version 4.0, will be officially released to the public at the G-20’s Global SME Finance Forum 2016 in Beijing, PRC on 19 September. The...
Global Marketplace Lender Bitbond Joins the SME Finance Forum
Bitbond, the global marketplace lender for small business loans, has joined the SME Finance Forum. Through its membership Bitbond aims to exchange knowledge with other financial institutions in the SME lending community and to help foster innovation in the space. Bitbond provides inclusive microfinance on a global scale. Over 1,200 loans with...