Agriculture loans to boost microfinance sector growth

Business World – The country’s microfinance industry sees more growth in providing savings and micro insurance to low-income individuals and offering more agriculture oriented microfinance products. “The microfinance industry is going to grow, as opportunities such as providing agri-microfinance products are now being tapped. [Moreover,] microfinance has a strong prospective with financial tools such as [...]

RBAP-MABS Program trains Mindanao rural banks on Agriculture Microfinance

Being relatively typhoon-free compared with the Luzon and Visayas regions, Mindanao is ideal for agricultural activities. Crops such as bananas, cacao, solo papayas, pineapple and coconut have been important exports to other countries. Vegetable farming linked to institutional buyers as important actors within the product value chain have been gaining a foothold among small farmers [...]

MABS and 1st Valley Bank visit GEM-Assisted small vegetable farmers in Malaybalay, Bukidnon

On December 16-17, a team composed of the RBAP-MABS Technical Specialist and 1st Valley Bank microfinance officers conducted an exposure visit to the Imbayao Community Participatory Action Research Association (ICPARA), an organized group of small vegetable farmers situated along the foothills of Mt. Kitanglad ranges in Malaybalay, Bukidnon. The ICPARA farming community is a good [...]

RBAP-MABS convenes housing microfinance and micro-agri practitioners

The USAID-supported RBAP-MABS held its 1st Housing Microfinance (HMF) and Micro Agri (MAP) Practitioners’ Forum on October 7-8 in Cagayan de Oro. Fifty-four (54) participants from 15 MABS participating rural banks attended the forum with the theme:  “Housing & Agri Microfinance Loan Products: Meeting Clients’ Demand, Sharing Experiences, Applying Lessons Learned.” A representative from 1st [...]