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Letter from Inez: June 2014

CEO Inez Murray shares updates on the GBA in her June letter.

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Powershift 2014: Women and Finance

Actors from the private and public sectors gathered with academics at Oxford University to discuss the next big thing in women and finance.

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Achieving Impact and Scale in Financing Women SMEs

GBA show cases how banks deliver value to women and IFC shares how they support banks to do so, providing a model for others to follow.

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Women’s Share of SME Lending

IFC’s Gender Baseline survey found that on average 17% of SME loans lent by banks in their portfolio went to women-owned businesses. Patience Marime-Ball, Chief Investment Officer responsible for their ‘Banking on Women’ program, explains the survey’s results.

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New Member Spotlight: Bank of Palestine

Our most recent member in MENA, Bank of Palestine, has a 25% share of the market in Palestine and a vision to bring banking services to all. Hashim Shawa, BOP’s Chairman and Managing Director explains how his bank is empowering women.

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IFC Provides $15 M Loan for Women Entrepreneurs to GBA Member RAWBANK

The IFC announced that it will provide a $ 15 million loan to RAWBANK to support lending to small and medium businesses and women entrepreneurs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Letter from Inez: May 2014

Alliance CEO Inez Murray shares her experience at the BLC Lebanon Study Tour in her May letter.

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BLC Hosts 18 Bankers and Experts at Study Tour

Banks from Central America, the Middle East and South Asia participated in a Study Tour hosted by GBA anchor bank in MENA BLC Bank Lebanon.

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Brilliant Lebanese Awards 2014

Acknowledging women’s entrepreneurship through Awards is a cornerstone of a strong Women’s Market strategy. BLC tells us how they do it.

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Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

Helene Nasr, winner of the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, shares what the award has meant for her and her business.

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New Member Spotlight: UT Bank Ghana

Our most recent member in Africa, UT Bank Ghana, has just a 6% share of the market in Ghana but punches above its weight in lending to SMEs. Pearl Esua-Mensah, UT’s Managing Director explains how the bank is making a major play to capture the vibrant Women’s Market.

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BLC Bank Welcomes 10 Institutions to Share Women’s Market Best Practices

BLC bank hosted over 20 participants from 8 countries at a study tour in Larnaca, Cyprus.

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