Fourth Partner Energy Gets Funding for Power@1 Prog via Grameen Impact’s 1st Clean Energy Bond

March 7, 2020

Fourth Partner Energy, a company having a strong presence in the distributed solar energy sector, has recently secured funding through Grameen Impact’s first clean energy bond for its Power@1 initiative.

Grameen, Acumen raise funding through SDG bonds for social firms

Mumbai, February 18, 2020

To address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a pioneering SDG#7 Impact Bond was announced for clean energy today by Grameen Impact Investments India (Grameen Impact) and Fourth Partner Energy (Fourth Partner).

Celebrating the Mahatma: SDG Impact Bond for Women Weavers

Mumbai, October 2, 2019

To celebrate 150 Years of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the "Jobs,Opportunities and You", SDG Impact Bond was announced today by Grameen Impact Investments India .

Grameen, Acumen raise funding through SDG bonds for social firms

Mumbai , June 3, 2019

The fund will help train and improve the skills of 20,000 youth, with the goal of creating employment?for at least 70% of them .

Impact Investing innovation to catalyze skilling & job creation

Mumbai , June 3, 2019

Grameen Impact and Acumen launch a pioneering SDG Impact Bond for Livelihoods - India’s first Sustainable Development Goals Bond (SDG Bond) for ‘for-profit’ social enterprises .

Grameen Impact and ChildFund launch a pioneering Goal #5 SDG Impact Bond for women’s empowerment

Mumbai , December 18, 2018

The world’s first domestically funded Sustainable Development GoalsBond (SDG Bond) was announced today by Grameen Impact Investments India (Grameen Impact) )and ChildFund India (ChildFund .

Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger Join Forces to Form a Unified Global Organization

Washington D.C., Oct 25, 2016

New organization to combine power of digital technology to end poverty with robust networks of women’s self-help groups in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
This blog originally appeared on the Grameen Foundation website.

L&T Finance acquires 26% stake in Grameen Capital

Mumbai, July 14, 2015

Grameen Capital India (GCI) today announced that L&T Finance has acquired a 26 % stake in the Company. Grameen Foundation, Citicorp Finance, Amit and Arihant Patni are the other shareholders.

Ratan Tata invests in Grameen Capital’s new impact debt vehicle

Mumbai, March 24, 2015

Grameen Capital India (GCI) today announced that Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata and others have invested in its pioneering impact debt vehicle which will provide much-needed debt finance to social enterprises in India.

Indonesian Microfinance Institution raises equity from IFC

Tangerang, October 3, 2013

PT Bina Usaha Keluarga (“BUK”), the majority shareholder of PT Mitra Bisnis Keluarga Ventura (“MBK”), has just announced an equity infusion of nearly IDR 34.3 billion (~USD 3 million) from the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”).

Royston Braganza awarded Top 4 CEOs in Asia, Top 2 in India

The Finance Monthly has recognized our CEO, Royston Braganza among the top CEOs in the World in their annual CEO Awards publication.

Royston credits his visionary, energizing, enthusiastic, passionate, compassionate and inclusive leadership style to God, a great brand, great pedigree shareholders and a passionate and committed team.

Finance Monthly (FM) is a global publication providing news, analysis and features on all the latest headlines within the financial sector. FM examines the key issues affecting the corporate, financial and legal community globally. It covers the major regions such as the US, Europe and Asia and all major financial sectors. FM offers a mix of news-led editorial features, with our editorial team exclusively interviewing some of the biggest players within the financial, corporate and legal fields. Finance Monthly is distributed every month to an international readership of over 100,000. Over a period of several months Finance Monthly’s research department has undertaken extensive research to identify some of the most successful and forward-thinking CEOs in business today. The end result is a publication detailing senior individuals who have helped shape the corporate landscape in 2013.

For more on Royston’s interview as well as the CEO Awards 2013 please refer to the following link.

Patnis purchase stake in Grameen Capital India

Mumbai, November 26, 2012

Grameen Capital India (GCI) today announced that Amit Patni and Arihant Patni have acquired a stake in the company from original investor IFMR Trust, in a landmark investment, marking a first-of-its-kind exit in the social business space.

Vienova Education raises Rs.157 M from Bamboo Finance

Delhi, Apr 11, 2012

Vienova Education Private Limited, a Delhi-based affordable education provider, has raised an additional Rs.157 M from Bamboo Finance, managers of the Oasis Fund, a Luxembourg-based investment fund with a successful track record of investing in emerging social enterprises across the world. The current investment follows earlier investments by Indian Angel Network and others in 2008 and Helion Advisorsin 2011. With this investment,

BlueOrchard invests INR 45 Mn in Svasti Microfinance

Mumbai, May 9, 2011

Svasti Microfinance Private Limited (“Svasti”), a Mumbai-based start-up Microfinance company, has successfully closed its second round of equity funding at the end of March 2011. Through its subsidiary in Mauritius, BlueOrchard Private Equity Fund has invested Rs. 4.5 crores. Grameen Capital India acted as exclusive advisor to Svasti on this transaction.

Grameen Foundation and Grameen Capital Facilitate $7MM in Funding for Cashpor Micro Credit

New Delhi, April 4, 2011

Grameen Foundation and Grameen Capital India today announced that they have facilitated US$7 million (Rs. 315 million) in funding for Cashpor Micro Credit through a guarantee pool for socially-focused Indian microfinance institutions (MFIs). The financing from IndusInd Bank and another leading private sector bank in India was backed by US$980,000 in guarantees from Grameen Foundation and arranged by Grameen Capital India.

Grameen Capital India listed among Top 3 most active investment banks for Y2010

Mumbai, January 30th, 2011

Grameen Capital India has been listed among the Top 3 in the 2010 league tables for most active players across investment banks in the fund raising space in India. Set up in 2008, Grameen Capital is a first-of-its-kind financial advisory firm with a mandate to catalyze inclusive growth and facilitate capital market access for impact-focused enterprises across sectors.

Grameen Capital hosts Tele-Roundtable: Microfinance, Malegam and "Mission Millions"  

Mumbai, January 25th, 2011

Grameen Capital hosts tele-roundtable to discuss the contents and impact of the recently released RBI Sub-Committee report on 'Issues and Concerns in the MFI Sector'.

Featured panellists include representatives from leading Indian MFIs as well as the lending and investing communities.

Grameen announces $8MM guarantee facility for Indian MFIs

Mumbai, December 20, 2010

Grameen Foundation and its affiliates, Grameen Capital India and Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd., today announced a new initiative to address the liquidity needs of Indian microfinance institutions (MFIs) that demonstrate a double-bottom-line focus on social and financial returns.

Local bank financing has shrunk throughout India in the wake of events in Andhra Pradesh over the past three months, and this initiative seeks read more...

Mumbai-based Swadhaar Finserve raises Rs. 28 crore equity for expansion

Mumbai, Thursday, 08th July 2010

Swadhaar FinServe Pvt Ltd (Swadhaar), a microfinance institution headquartered in Mumbai, has just announced an equity infusion of Rs. 27.5 crores from multiple investors. In the most recent capital raising round, existing investors ACCION International, an Indian Family Trust, Unitus Equity Fund (managed by Elevar Equity), Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the Promoter group all infused additional capital. MicroVest, a US-based pioneer read more...

Sanjay Nayar joins the Board of Directors of Grameen Capital India

Mumbai, Tuesday, 29th June 2010

Grameen Capital India Ltd., an investment bank to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other 'Base of the Pyramid' initiatives, has appointed Sanjay Nayar as a Director to the board of Grameen Capital India (Grameen Capital)

Sanjay Nayar is the CEO and Country Head for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) in India,

Developing World Markets invests in SMILE MICROFINANCE

Chennai, Mar 16, 2010

S.M.I.L.E. MICROFINANCE LIMITED (SMILE) recently agreed to an equity investment of Rs. 50 crores (~$10 million) from equity funds managed by Developing World Markets (DWM), a US based Social Investment fund manager. Grameen Capital India was the sole equity advisor to this transaction for SMILE.

Based in Chennai, S.M.I.L.E. MICROFINANCE LIMITED is one of the oldest Microfinance Institutions working in the State of Tamil Nadu.

Janalakshmi Financial Services closes series B funding for expansion

Bangalore, March 7th, 2010

Janalakshmi Financial Services, a Bangalore based NBFC Microfinance Institution (MFI) promoted by Ramesh Ramanathan, has announced the closure of its series B funding of $ 10 million. This round was led by Treeline Asia Master Fund (Singapore), a leading hedge fund based out of Hong Kong and Singapore. Bellwether Microfinance Fund, an existing investor in the company also participated in this round Narayan Ramachandran, who recently relinquished

Grameen Capital arranges Rs. 75 crore transaction for Bandhan and IndusInd Bank

Mumbai, April 08, 2009

Bandhan, IndusInd Bank and Grameen Capital India confirmed today having recently completed a Rs. 75 crore portfolio assignment of microfinance receivables.

This transaction was structured and arranged by Grameen Capital India and comprised a pool of advances to the agricultural and allied sectors

Ujjivan Raises Rs. 94 Crores of Equity Capital

November 19, 2008

Ujjivan Financial Services is pleased to announce the successful completion of the fourth round of equity infusion. Originally planned for Rs.75 Crores, the equity round was over-subscribed and increased to Rs. 94 Crores. The incremental capital was largely subscribed by existing shareholders including Unitus Equity Fund (UEF) managed by Elevar Equity L.L.C., Bellwether Microfinance Fund, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, A.W. Holdings

IndusInd, Grameen Capital, SKS partner in Rs 100 crore deal

Mumbai, Aug 20 2008, Wednesday

Three leading institutions, IndusInd Bank, Grameen Capital India and SKS Microfinance, today announced the closure of a Rs 100 crore closure assignment of microfinance receivables.

Grameen Capital structured and arranged the transaction, comprising a pool of advances to agriculture and allied sectors, a press release issued here

Grameen forms investment bank for the poor

Mumbai, January 15, 2008, Tuesday

MUMBAI: Capital flows should become more promising for smaller microfinance institutions (MFIs), now that they have an investment banker to bank on.

The Washington-based Grameen Foundation co-founded by Dr Muhammad Yunus, IFMR Trust and Citicorp Finance India have partnered to form an investment bank for the poor, called Grameen Capital India (GCI).


Watch Professor Muhammad Yunus speaking on the inauguration of Grameen Capital »