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Microfinance is about providing financial services to poor individuals, and small groups and co-operatives, wherever they may be in the world, who would otherwise be unable to rise above their low-income status. Microfinance aims to assist its beneficiaries in building and sustaining a better life for themselves, usually by supporting their entrepreneurial endeavours. Providers of microfinance base the distribution of their financial products on trust and genuine knowledge of their customers, offering low interest loans and flexible repayment terms. Some providers also offer basic business training.
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15 April 2013
Greece-based banking software vendor, Intrasoft International, is advancing in Africa with its Profits core system, with a clutch of microfinance clients in Rwanda, a significant win at a Kenyan bank, and a potential win in Uganda.
05 April 2013
Independently researched profile featuring company status, history, background, future strategy, system functionality and technical specifications, plus a verified user list for Trust Systems & Software.
04 April 2013
International microfinance organisation, Finca, is well underway with its roll-out of Oracle FSS's Flexcube across its 21-country organisation. CIO at Finca, Braulio Oliveira, talks to IBS about the trials and tribulations of the project so far.
30 January 2013
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) in the Philippines took a different approach to most when it selected its core system and this had benefits and challenges further down the line when it came to the implementation. However, it...
28 January 2013
One of Uganda's largest microfinance banks, Centenary Bank, has embarked on a core banking system selection process.
28 November 2012
Can Mexican micro-lender, Compartamos Banco, succeed with SAP where it failed with Temenos? It is mid-project as it seeks to implement a new core system and, while running late, believes there is the commitment from the supplier to succeed this...
28 November 2012
IBS's supplements give us the opportunity to dig around our chosen subject areas and, before we start, it isn't always predictable what we will find. When looking for interesting lending system stories, for instance, we weren't expecting cloud...
28 November 2012
When two new microfinance institutions wanted to provide broader access to consumer credit and support their plans for rapid expansion, they launched on Temenos' T24 for microfinancing, hosted in the cloud. In doing so, Renaissance Credit Nigeria...
08 October 2012
As a relatively new entrant on the Philippines market, Maxbank has been finding its way, with both its business strategy and the technology to underpin this.
13 September 2012
Russia-based payments software vendor, BPC, has launched a dedicated microfinance version of its flagship Smartvista payments suite. Asia, Africa and Latin America are the main target markets.
03 September 2012
A round-up of recent orders in the financial technology sector worldwide. Misys, Oracle FSS and 3i Infotech are among the vendors gaining new deals. Eurofima in Switzerland, Michigan First Credit Union in the US, Oman-based Bank Sohar and others...
28 August 2012
Uruguay-based core vendor Bantotal is entering the final stages of four projects in Peru and is bidding for three core banking software deals in the wider Latin American region.
24 August 2012
The chairman of Neptune Software, Simeon Agu, passed away in July this year, and his daughter, Nnenna Agu, has taken over the chair of the company. Chuka Agu, the son of Simeon, is currently managing the London office of Neptune, and expects to...
24 July 2012
Russia-based payments software provider, BPC Banking Technologies, has landed four new deals in Central and South East Asia, bringing the number of its Smartvista payments platform users in the region to 13. It continues to target ACI Worldwide's...
17 July 2012
Probanx Information Systems, the Cyprus-based banking software provider, is looking for a buyer. Georg Roider, who owns 85 per cent of Probanx, describes his business as a 'small company with a big product'.
04 July 2012
India-based core vendor, Trust Systems & Software, has signed Commercial Credit in Sri Lanka for its Trustbank core banking system and is bidding to replace Oracle FSS's Flexcube at Laxmi Bank in Nepal.
21 June 2012
Uruguay-based Top Systems, developer of the Topaz Banking core system, has joined Stefanini Group. Topaz will continue to be developed and marketed, and will gain the option of an ASP deployment. The mid-tier Latin and Central American banking sector...
08 June 2012
Having made a success of agency banking at home, Standard Bank is to roll out the model in the rest of Africa. It has selected Infosys' Finacle Digital Commerce platform for this.
30 May 2012
Appzone Group, originally a supplier of e-payment solutions to Nigeria's commercial banks, has moved into supplying core banking software for the country's microfinance sector.
28 May 2012
The North African market is starting to see some movement in the mobile money space. Who's been doing what over the past twelve months or so?
28 May 2012
Mobile payment services in North Africa have received a fair bit of attention in the past twelve months or so. French technology firm, Creova, and its various partners are seeking the next M-Pesa-style success story, starting in Tunisia.
28 May 2012
Islamic banking in North Africa has been very slow to take off. A recent paper by the African Development Bank offers some insight as to how the industry has been held back, and how it can progress. We also ask how Islamic banking has developed...
21 May 2012
Tajikistan-based microfinance organisation, Imon International, has selected R-Style Softlab's RS-Bank core banking system to help it transform into a retail bank.
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23 April 2012
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01 March 2012
Who was up and who was down in 2011? BIS, CFT, Diasoft, Fors Banking Systems, Inversia and R-Style Softlab compete for the top spot in this year's Sales League Table of Russian suppliers. Article contents: International banks...
01 March 2012
A round-up of recent orders in the financial technology sector worldwide. Fundtech, Infosys, Nasdaq OMX and Autosoft Dynamics are among the vendors to sign new deals. Suncorp, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Nib...
28 November 2011
A couple of core banking implementation projects involving system supplier Capital Banking Solutions are drawing to a close in West Africa. These are at Sonapost, the post office in Burkina Faso, and Cofipa, a small retail bank in Ivory Coast.
01 November 2011
Neptune beats Temenos to deal at Nigerian microfinance bank.
24 October 2011
New case study added in our Core Banking Systems Case Studies publication: Prasac Microfinance Institution's roots date back to the mid...
08 September 2011
A round-up of recent orders in the financial technology sector worldwide. Surecomp, Polaris, Fiserv, ICS and others have gained new deals. Unicredit, SocGen, Scotiabank and Ficombank are among the financial institutions that have acquired new...
19 August 2011
CIFL in Sri Lanka has signed for microfinance and core banking software from Indian vendor Trust Systems. CIFL will use the software to expand in northern Sri Lanka.
03 August 2011
BPR Lestari, a savings and lending institution in Bali, Indonesia, has recently gone live with the Wincore core banking solution offered by WBK, a local vendor.
22 July 2011
Banks in Paraguay and Uruguay have recently gone live on local vendor Bantotal's core banking solution. Meanwhile, Bantotal's rival, Top Systems, has signed a new customer in Peru.
08 July 2011
Islamic lending serves the same basic purpose as its conventional counterpart but takes a wholly different route. What do technologists make of the gap?
14 April 2011
Russia-based banking software developer, R-Style Softlab, has landed a deal in Tajikistan at a microcredit entity, Arvand, for its RS-Bank core system. This brings the system's user base in the country to five, overtaking rival, CFT.
22 March 2011
As recently reported by IBS, Compartamos Banco, a Mexico-based microfinance bank, has embarked on a major core banking conversion with SAP. Compartamos' IT director tells IBS the details of the project.
14 March 2011
Microcred Group has gone live with Temenos' T24 core banking system for one of its two sites in China, adding to live sites in Africa. The group has altered its implementation plans following change management issues.
07 March 2011
Twelve microfinance institutions in Mexico are planning to move their T24 core banking systems away from a traditional hosting model and onto Microsoft's Azure cloud.
25 February 2011
Compartamos Banco, a microfinance institution in Mexico with two million customers, has started an implementation of SAP for Banking, which includes a core banking offering, BPM and CRM solutions.
02 February 2011
A round-up of recent orders in the financial technology sector worldwide. Oracle FSS, Surecomp, Vermeg, ERI and others have announced new deals. Cal Israel, DBS Bank, SocGen Corporate and Investment Bank, CIMB Group and Indian Bank are among the ...
Article: India's nationwide federation of co-op banks and credit unions unveils ASP-based core banking software
22 December 2010
India-based National Federation of Urban Co-op Banks and Credit Societies (Nafcub) is encouraging IT modernisation among its 1700+ members by launching new core banking software on an ASP basis for its members to rent. TCS, Theme Technologies,...
03 December 2010
AMK, a microfinance institution in Cambodia with 25 branches and 200,000 clients, has completed its roll-out of Fern Software's Abacus microfinance product. The new system replaced FAO-GTZ's Microbanking offering.
03 November 2010
Dutch/Kenyan microfinance specialist, Musoni, is targeting repayment of loans and deposits via mobile within a newly launched service. Romania-based BIS has provided the underlying payments engine.
29 September 2010
What makes Sanasa Development Bank's experience with Fiserv's Signature one that it is happy to share?
27 September 2010
Nilambur Co-operative Urban Bank has selected the core banking offering from Laser Soft Infosystems.
16 September 2010
India-based Financial Information Network and Operations (FINO) has replaced Oracle FSS's Flexcube core banking system with a Microsoft-based in-house development. FINO is now taking the system outside the domestic market as its international...
09 September 2010
CGAP and Grameen Foundation’s recent virtual conference asked how vendors, MFIs and their supporters might work together to create better back office technology. Tom Alford rounds up delegate suggestions during and after the event.
31 August 2010
Cyprus-based core banking systems vendor, Probanx, has made inroads into the Seychelles and Georgia with its flagship offering, Coreplus.
27 August 2010
Uruguayan vendor Top Systems has recently signed with BBVA Foundation to provide the technology solution for the microfinance organisations affiliated to the foundation.
20 August 2010
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