IDB to help finance student loans in six Latin American countries

February 01, 2012
IDB loan to Higher Education Finance Fund will pave the way for increased student loans in Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will help expand the access to higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean by providing a $10 million loan to the Higher Education Finance Fund, L.P. (HEFF), a regional debt fund that seeks to offer student loans through local microfinance organizations.

IDB finances innovative early childhood development program in Brazil for the base of the pyramid

January 19, 2012
As many as 224,000 low-income pre-school children expected to benefit from educational materials and training provided by PUPA Pupa Empreendimentos Educacionais e Representacao Ltda, a new social business launched by Brazil’s Zoom Editora, will use a $3 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to roll out an innovative early childhood development program that will benefit as many as 224,000 low-income pre-school children in Brazil.

IDB, Covelo Foundation to foster renewable energy use in Central America

October 27, 2011
As many as 6,000 low-income families in isolated rural areas in Honduras, El Salvador and Belize to get access to solar energy The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will provide a loan of up to $3 million for Fundación José María Covelo to establish credit lines that will enable as many as 6,000 Central American families in isolated rural communities with no access to the electricity grid to buy solar power systems.

IDB closes $3.6 million syndicated loan to provide access to finance for smallholder farmers

July 05, 2011
As many as 10,000 small farmers in nine countries to benefit from IDB loan to FOPEPRO The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has closed a $3.6 million loan to provide access to finance for smallholder producer groups and farmers associations in nine Latin American countries through a loan to the “Fund for Small Rural Producers in Latin America” or “Fondo para los Pequeños Productores Rurales en América Latina (FOPEPRO)."

IDB releases its 2010 Development Effectiveness Report

March 23, 2011
Report evaluates Bank’s efforts in measuring its development impact in Latin America and the Caribbean The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has made strides to boost transparency, accountability and enhance the development impact of its investments in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the new edition of the IDB’s 2010 Development Effectiveness Overview.

IDB, Oikocredit, Incofin and Calvert Foundation back credit cooperative in Ecuador

February 15, 2011
Innovative financing arrangement between IDB and Impact Investors gives Ecuadoran rural communities the tools to grow and thrive The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has closed a $9 million syndicated loan with Jardin Azuayo, a community-based savings and loan cooperative in Ecuador. The loan will fund the co-op’s Credits for Community Development project, which channels funds to municipalities, community organizations and other local entities to finance improvements in social infrastructure such as schools and roads.

Sao Paulo’s low income food-services microentrepreneurs to increase their access to credit

December 06, 2010
The Inter-American Development Bank approved a $10 million loan to help major wholesale distributor Tenda Atacado, Ltda. enhance its credit program for low income microentrepreneurs in the food services sector in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

IDB fund to invest in groundbreaking microinsurance venture

December 11, 2006
The Inter-American Development Bank today announced its Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) will invest $3 million in ParaLife, a new micro-insurance venture established to provide life insurance to people with disabilities, low-income families and microentrepreneurs in Latin America. The micro-insurance project reflects the principles of the IDB’s Opportunities for the Majority initiative, which seeks to expand low-income people’s access to wealth-building tools and services such as microcredit, housing, job-training and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Latin America needs microeconomic reforms to expand its middle class, Bill Clinton says

June 13, 2006
Latin America should carry out microeconomic reforms to clear the path for more poor people to join the middle class, instead of locking itself in a debate over fiscal discipline and social spending, former U.S. president Bill Clinton said today. In a public dialogue with the president of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno, Clinton also commented on current issues such as immigration, alternative energy sources, climate change and the fight against AIDS.

“Dead capital” in 12 Latin American countries worth $1.2 trillion, according to report

June 12, 2006
Dwellings, rural properties and businesses in the informal or “extralegal” sector of 12 Latin American countries are worth more than $1.2 trillion, according to a report presented today at a conference at the Inter-American Development Bank. IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno said the study on informality in Latin America and the Caribbean, together with other research on poverty conducted or sponsored by the Bank, will help guide a new development initiative, Building Opportunity for the Majority.