More private lenders are seeing opportunities in financing the agricultural sector, but agrilending operations require new tools and approaches to cope with the market’s unique challenges. BFC Senior Experts Michael Kortenbusch, Ceyhan Atasoy, and Tatiana Babii have identified three key challenges for new entrants to agrilending, and on June 1st 2012 they delivered a workshop on navigating these challenges, hosted by the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Development Facility in Tbilisi, Georgia.
BFC Managing Partner Marina Kortenbusch, PhD, was invited to present a workshop on building a strong staff culture for the Microfinance Centre’s 15th annual conference, held in the Caucasus region.
Dr. Kortenbusch shared practical experience with microfinance practitioners, researchers, donors, investors, policy makers and private sector representatives on how to develop and maintain strong teams in their organizations. “We believe that strong teams make the difference for a company,” says Dr. Kortenbusch. Her workshop presented interactive tools which can guide MFIs in encouraging staff members to identify with their jobs and embody an organization’s social values in their lives. (more…)
Beginning with the fourth quarter of 2009, and until 2011, Tojiksodirotbank was one of the key participants of EBRD’s project of development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) lending in Republic of Tajikistan. The project implementation included technical assistance provided by the Swiss consulting company Business & Finance Consulting (BFC).
In December 2011, the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) lending project supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was successfully completed in AgroInvestBank. Technical assistance within the project’s framework was provided by the Swiss consulting company Business & Finance Consulting (BFC). “We are grateful to EBRD for providing the opportunity to develop SME lending in the broad branch network of our Bank. Currently this is one of AgroInvestBank’s business priorities”, mentioned the Bank’s project coordinator, Deputy Head of the Corporate Banking, Khurshed Odinayev.
The Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) lending project was successfully completed in Bank Eskhata. The project was funded from EBRD shareholders’ special fund. Technical assistance within the project’s framework was provided by the Swiss consulting company Business & Finance Consulting (BFC).
“Effective microfinance depends on effective training, which should involve business simulation games,” argued Michael Kortenbusch, Managing Director of Business & Finance Consulting, speaking at the second annual German-Moldovan forum for SME finance in Chisinau, Moldova on October 25, 2011.
JSC Microfinance Organization Crystal and consulting company Business & Finance Consulting (BFC) have completed a series of trainings and seminars, bringing new techniques and professional experience to one of the leading groups in the Georgian microfinance sector.