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World Bank's Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) Launched with Ivanka Trump, Donors

Just three months ago, at the G20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg, Germany,the creation of We-Fi, an innovative new facility to advance women’s entrepreneurship and help women in developing countries increase their access to the finance, markets, technology, and networks necessary to start and grow a business, was announced.

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Bangladesh Defaulted Loans Amount to 12% of the GDP
The persistent increase in bad loans has crippled Bangladesh’s banking sector, mostly affecting the state-owned banks. However, loan defaults in the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector have been low, BB data showed. But, the amount of defaulted loans could rise this year as floods have affected the low-lying regions of the country, experts...
'Risky' SMEs Attracting Banks
From large banks to small ones, unique products are being developed to woo Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Though many banks are still uneasy to commit their money to SMEs, some progress is being made. With most banks having posted a drop in their net profits in six months to June 2017 and a dip interest income, they are cautiously...
Tencent Credit Score Launching Soon On WeChat & QQ
Tencent credit ratings will be available to check directly through QQ and WeChat, according to reports. While Tencent has been using its scoring in its lending businesses, it has not before made the scores available to WeChat and QQ Pay users. Their data sources for scoring are different than Ant and Alibaba in China. A more developed and widely...
EIB, Banco Sabadell Sign Agreements To Help Finance Spanish SMEs
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Banco Sabadell will provide EUR 800m to Spanish SMEs with the aim of supporting their investments and promoting the development of new projects, particularly in the services and industrial sectors. The EIB will grant a EUR 400m loan to Banco Sabadell, to which the Spanish bank will add an additional EUR 400m...
Rejection Rates For Irish SME Bank Credit Rise Despite Jump Of 32pc In Overall Lending
Ireland SMEs in manufacturing and the wholesale and retail sectors are experiencing strong growth with new lending in Q1 2017 reaching €3.6bn. However, the rejection rate on bank finance applications has increased from 11pc to 13pc over the year to March 2017, with rates for medium-sized firms continuing to drop but small and micro firms...
Member News: Intesa Sanpaolo Launches Credit Partnership
SME Finance Forum member Intesa Sanpaolo, has partnered with SME lender iwoca to provide clients with credit products that will help SMEs obtain financing. The partnership coincides with an investment in iwoca by Neva Finventures, Intesa Sanpaolo’s fintech venture capital arm. Maurizio Montagnese, chief innovation officer at Intesa Sanpaolo, says...
Member News SIDBI Announces Certified Credit Counsellor Program
SME Finance Forum member, SIDBI, has created a program to address the challenges the MSME sector faces regarding credit. The Certified Credit Counsellor program for the MSMEs is a response to the findings of the 4th MSME census that revealed only 7 percent of SMEs can avail financing from organizations. This provides an opportunity for the growth...
China SMEs Face Shrinking Profits, Increased Rates
Business activity in China’s SME sector weakened for the third straight month in June to hit the lowest in 16 months, a Standard Chartered survey tracking more than 600 Chinese SMEs found. Unemployment has increased and SME firms are expected to become unprofitable this year. It has become difficult for smaller businesses lacking strong collateral...
IMB Blockchain Selected by Euro Consortium
European SMEs have gained additional support in easier and more transparent domestic and cross-border trade. The Digital Trade Chain Consortium, which is made up of seven European banks, has selected IMB to partner with them in building a new blockchain-based trade finance for small- and medium-sized enterprises. Developed on the Linux Foundations...
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...