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Women are at the Top of Their Game in the SME Industry
Women in the Western Cape are dominating the SME industry. According to the article, “women-owned businesses experienced 50 percent more growth than businesses owned by men in the Western Cape.” This boost can be contributed to women making smarter investment decisions, according to a survey conducted by Retail Capital. Key points revealed in the...
The Cost of Being Poor: Is Fintech the Answer?
In the UK 1.5 billion adults are “unbanked” according to Ronnie Lavie, Managing Editor for the Fintech Times. A vicious cycle, of financial exclusion has interrupted lower-income populations from enjoying the benefits from the fintech industry. Sofie Blakstad, Founder and CEO of financial trust platform ‘Hiveonline’ shared, “Wealth disparity is...
Member News: Common Wealth Bank Partners with Tech Giants to Deliver SME-Driven Program
The Common Wealth Bank of Australia (CBA) teams up with Amazon, Google, Salesforce, Mastercard, Phoria and UsTwo, to provide a program that encourages the use of digital technologies. The program aimed at SMEs in Victoria is geared toward helping them embrace innovation. The announcement was revealed at the Small Business Festival, where CBA is...
Will the Promotion of Arab Women as Entrepreneurs Make a Difference?
One in three start-ups in the Arab World is led by women—a higher rate than in Silicon Valley, according to an IFC article. Improving access to finance and promoting digital platforms are key to helping them succeed. The article says that many entrepreneurs from the region believe that technology is one of the few spaces where everything is viewed...
Women Entrepreneurs in Vietnam Get a Fair Shot with Financing
Commercial Joint Stock Bank (VP Bank) invested in Ho Thi Hai Ngan, a woman entrepreneur looking to expand her electronics shop. With capital as one of the larger challenges faced by SMEs, women are challenged at a much larger rate when “lender biases,” according to the article, are being added to the picture. VP Bank decided to be the change and...
DBS Joins 140 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C., August 7, 2018 – DBS became the newest member of the SME Finance Forum, a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. “200 million businesses worldwide need financing to invest...
ASIFMA: Proposed Leading Principles for Regulation of Outsourcing
The Asia Security Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) released a report outlining the leading principles for regulation of outsourcing for regulated securities. The report surveyed across jurisdictions from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia, UK and the USA. Nine leading principles from the report included: Prohibition of...
Video: Helping Women Entrepreneurs in Egypt Grow Their Business: Individual Lending
Women entrepreneurs will benefit from the Women’s Loan, an individual loan created by the Lead Foundation, which is geared towards low-income women entrepreneurs. With support from Women’s World Banking and the Metlife Foundation, Lead was able to ensure women were represented and active decision-makers throughout the process. Women within the...
Member News: CBA Mobile App Lending Rises to Sh3 Million
The Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) now has the highest mobile phone loan, allowing their customers to borrow Sh3 million digitally. The Loop platform, received an upgrade and now allows customers to apply for loans. With default rates at less than ten percent, bank execs are more trusting to move in the direction of the mobile money movement.The...
Aligning Expectations: The Business Case for Digital Financial Services
IFC and Mastercard have launched a research report providing insight into the case for Digital Financial Services (DFS) and financial projections from nine microfinance institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The four-year study includes a set of best practice financial modeling benchmarks that can be used as a valuable guide for financial...