BFC Senior Experts deliver agrilending workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia

mk-agri-110x72More 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 on developing strong teams with a “social heart”

mfc-15-conf-110x72BFC 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…)

Tojiksodirotbank and EBRD completed cooperation within framework of SME lending project

mrc_fin7Beginning 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).


EBRD SME lending project successfully completed in AgroInvestBank

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.


EBRD finalized SME lending project in Bank Eskhata

mrc_fin9The 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).


JSC MFO Crystal, Georgia

mrc_fin10JSC 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.


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