cbe

USD
53.5273
54.5978
,
GBP
62.6662
63.9195
,
EUR
58.516
59.6863
,
CHF
55.9713
57.0907
,
SEK
4.676
4.7695
,
NOK
4.834
4.9307
,
DKK
7.1135
7.2558
,
DJF
0.2974
0.3033
,
JPY
0.3771
0.3846
,
CAD
36.2863
37.012
,
SAR
12.909
13.1672
,
AED
13.1884
13.4522
,
XAF
0.012
0.0122
,
INR
,
KES
,
AUD
34.2099
34.8941
,
SDR
,
ZAR
,
CNY
7.1867
7.3304
,
KWD
167.5769
170.9284

awash

abyssinia

USD
53.5273
54.5978
,
GBP
62.6662
63.9195
,
EUR
58.516
59.6863
,
AED
13.1884
13.4522
,
NOK
4.834
4.9307
,
SAR
12.909
13.1672
,
SEK
4.676
4.7695
,
CAD
36.2863
37.012

abay

USD
53.5273
54.5978
,
EUR
58.516
59.6863
,
GBP
65.6191
66.9315
,
CHF
58.6087
59.7809
,
AUD
37.801
38.557
,
AED
14.5728
14.8643
,
CNY
7.9411
8.0999
,
DKK
7.8602
8.0174
,
DJF
0.2974
0.3033
,
INR
0.6534
0.6665
,
JPY
0.4167
0.425
,
KES
0.4289
0.4375
,
NOK
5.3414
5.4482
,
SAR
14.2641
14.5494
,
ZAR
3.1204
3.1828
,
SEK
5.1669
5.2702
,
SDR
72.658
74.1112

zemen

CAD
39.7533
40.5484
,
EUR
57.8729
59.0304
,
GBP
65.2913
66.5971
,
SEK
5.081
5.1826
,
USD
53.408
54.4762

buna

nib

berhan

wegagen

USD
53.5273
54.5978
,
GBP
62.6662
63.9195
,
EURO
58.516
59.6863
,
CAD
36.2863
37.012
,
AUD
34.2099
34.8941
,
CHF
55.9713
57.0907
,
SEK
4.676
4.7695
,
NOK
4.834
4.9307
,
DKK
7.1135
7.2558
,
DJF
0.2976
0.3035
,
INR
0.6534
0.6665
,
KSH
0.4289
0.4375
,
JPY
0.3771
0.3846
,
SAR
12.909
13.1672
,
AED
13.1884
13.4522
,
ZAR
3.1723
3.2357
,
CNY
7.1867
7.3304
,
KWD
167.5769
170.9284

dgb

USD
53.501
54.571
,
GBP
65.8865
67.2042
,
EUR
58.2412
59.406
,
CHF
58.3945
59.5624
,
CAD
40.1961
41
,
AUD
37.8573
38.6144
,
SEK
5.1332
5.2359
,
NOK
5.377
5.4845
,
DKK
7.8299
7.9865
,
DJF
0.2972
0.3031
,
INR
0.653
0.6661
,
KSH
0.429
0.4376
,
JPY
0.412
0.4202
,
SAR
14.2563
14.5414
,
AED
14.5652
14.8565
,
ZAR
3.0843
3.146
,
CNY
7.9378
8.0966
,
KWD
175.2318
178.7364

enat

USD
53.1422
54.205
,
GBP
62.1342
63.3769
,
CHF
0
0
,
SEK
0
0
,
NOK
0
0
,
DKK
0
0
,
KES
0
0
,
JPY
0
0
,
DJF
0
0
,
CAD
0
0
,
AUD
0
0
,
SAR
0
0
,
AED
0
0
,
ZAR
0
0
,
CNY
0
0

addis

GBP
59.4718
60.6612
,
USD
52.1166
53.1589

nbe

KWD
126.8085
129.34467
,
CNH
5.6258
5.738316
,
ZAR
2.6751
2.728602
,
AED
9.9063
10.104426
,
SDR
57.7908
58.946616
,
EUR
48.4016
49.369632
,
CAD
28.7765
29.35203
,
AUD
28.3265
28.89303
,
JPY
0.3389
0.345678
,
SAR
9.7001
9.894102
,
INR
0.5525
0.56355
,
DJF
0.2234
0.227868
,
KES
0.3664
0.373728
,
DKK
5.8896
6.007392
,
NOK
4.2714
4.356828
,
SEK
4.3114
4.397628
,
CHF
41.5822
42.413844
,
GBP
53.539
54.60978

dashen

USD
53.5171
54.5874
,
GBP
62.9968
64.2567
,
CHF
56.1698
57.2932
,
SEK
4.6855
4.7792
,
NOK
4.8619
4.9591
,
DKK
7.151
7.294
,
JPY
0.3757
0.3832
,
CAD
36.4432
37.1721
,
SAR
12.9051
13.1632
,
AED
13.1859
13.4496
,
EUR
58.7778
59.9534
,
DJF
,
INR
,
KES
,
AUD
,
ZAR
,
CNY
,
AED

oromia

USD
53.3285
54.3951
,
EUR
56.7522
57.8872
,
GBP
64.2235
65.508
,
SAR
14.185
14.4687
,
CHF
57.398
58.546
,
AED
14.5198
14.8102

lion

coop

USD
53.3643
55.4316
,
GBP
64.4321
65.7207

Best micro financial institutions in Ethiopia

micro financial institutions micro financial institutions

 

the not so low hanging fruit that’s worth its reach

 

The determined and motivated among us have all wondered “if I just get this amount of money, I could start this small business”, and “….this would be a great time to finance that child care business I always wanted”

That is where the micro financial institutions come in, with their accessible business model, a boon to poorer nations, and the motivated individuals that make some of them up.

 

 

 

What are MFIs ? What do they do?

Microfinance is the ‘activity or business of providing financial services, such as small loans, to poor people or new businesses that cannot use traditional banking services, usually in developing countries, according to the Cambridge Business English Cambridge English dictionary micro financial institutions (MFIs), financial institutes apart from banks and insurance companies, generally aim to provide loans or micro-credits to low-income individuals, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and firms, as well as savings and insurance, to those who aren’t eligible of getting loans from banks. They serve a major purpose in poverty reduction, as such is essential to develop nations.

Since MFIs are considered high-risk operations, the interest rates are usually high, that’s the compromise of getting loans with little to no collateral. Easily accessible loans always come with certain caveats, as repayment conditions could be unforgiving. 

Microfinance does to the less financially secure individuals and households, what banks do to the financially well off. Which is elevates one’s economic status and improves the living conditions when assisting entrepreneurs to get their preferred business to take off.

 

What governs MFIs in Ethiopia?

The National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) is the regulating authority for all types of financial institutions. As such the National Bank of Ethiopia “licenses, supervises and regulates the operations of banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions”. 

Accordingly, in relation to MFIs:

  • Ensures the safety and soundness of MFIs
  • Ensures their efficiency and compliance of MFIs with rules and regulations
  • Ensure protection of depositors.

As a licensing authority for financial institutions, thus, NBE sets the requirement needed from customers (MFIs) to get the service or approval of establishment, the primary one being that of licensing.

The National Bank of Ethiopia requires detailed requirements to launch micro financial institutions, which include:

  • Shareholders have to be Ethiopian nationals;
  • The minimum paid-up capital required is Birr 200,000;
  • Has to be established in the form of a share company;
  • 1/4th of the subscribed capital has to be paid and deposited in a blocked account; and
  • Copy of taxpayer registration number.

Association of Ethiopian micro financial Institutions (AEMFI)

 

The Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions (AEMFI), as indicated in their website was formed as a not-for-profit, non-governmental association of the Ethiopian microfinance institutions as defined by Proclamation No. 40/1996 under which microfinance institutions in Ethiopia are regulated by the National Bank of Ethiopia.

AEMFI was “…registered and licensed as such on 28th June 1999 by the Ministry of Justice of the Federal Government of Ethiopia.  The original goals were for it to serve as a platform for knowledge and information sharing, and lobby for political support for the development of an enabling environment for the business of microfinance.

The AEMFI states its mission “To effectively promote information exchange, facilitate enabling environment and build the capacity of Ethiopian microfinance system sustainably”

Since its formation, AEMFI’s goals and activities have broadened to include training, research, performance monitoring and benchmarking and provision of technical assistance.”

As noted on their website, in 2016 there were about 35 Micro Finance Institutes approved by NBE as well as being members of the Association of Ethiopian microfinance institutions (AEMFI).

They were distributed throughout the country, in all corners and administrative regions. Some MFIs based on their potential client focus and as their names indicates are regional in scope, while a number of them are based in Addis Ababa, for example

  • Amhara Credit and Savings Institution (ACSI) (Bahir Dar); 
  • Sidama Micro Finance Institution S.C. (Hawassa); 
  • Benishangul-Gumuz Micro Financing S.C. (Assosa);
  • Kalub Microfinance Institution S.C.(Jigjiga)
  • Nisir Microfinance S.C. (Addis Ababa);
  • Meklit Microfinance S.C. (Addis Ababa);
  • Oromia Credit and Saving Institution S.C. (Addis Ababa);
  • Poverty Eradication and Community Empowerment Microfinance Institutions S.C –PEACE (Addis Ababa);
  • Africa Village Financial services S.C –AVFS (Addis Ababa).

Benefits of micro financial institutions

Some of the acknowledged benefits of microfinance institutions include:

  • providing economical values to the rural mass;
  • Linking capital to communities who lack access;
  • Serving as financial enablers to developmental goals;
  • Encouraging planning and saving;
  • Creating job opportunities; and
  • Offering loans of varied types collaborating with.Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE)

 

From the little fried food stand and hole in a wall coffee house started via Microfinance loans, women in low-income classes have been benefitting by increasing incomes to their household.

Lately, in Addis Ababa, individuals take out loans of varying sizes from micro financial institutions, for automobiles to then work in the booming industry of Call up taxis or Ride hailing services some moonlighting and others as full time, to pay off their loans in due time and own the vehicle/asset.

Although the success rate of ambitious loans taken out by individuals could potentially leave them worse than they started, to default and for some indebted to insurmountable interests.  

At the very least, if not increase ones income and spending power, microfinance institutions could provide stability, which in one aspect is an antidote to the effects of poverty.

That, in the simple essence is the beneficial nature of Microfinance Institutions for individuals and households who strive for a better living.

Awash Bank

7.6

Awash Bank

Banking and Services for micro finance institutions

School Tution Fee Collection Services

Lucy Women's Saving

Business Banking

Plenty of business banking choices

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE)

8.3

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE)

Widely used Internet banking

Most bank with several branches and ATMs

Prize Linked Saving

CBE Birr

For business