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Making Microfinance More Effective

A look at what actually helps the poor, and what doesn’t.
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Microfinance leaves India’s banks in the dust

News : Reuters Breakingviews Blog

After the near-collapse of the industry six years ago, small lenders to the poor are back and growing fast. A tight regulatory leash, low bad loan ratios, and high returns make microfinance a more attractive investment proposition t...

India microlender seek turnaround

Business & Finance : Business Report

India's largest lender to the poor, SKS Microfinance, hopes to return to profit this year. ||| India's largest lender to the poor, SKS Microfinance, hopes to return to profit this year, a top official said Friday, as its shares plun...

gE Blog Series: Global Entrepreneurship Week Part 4 - Microfinance

Business & Finance : Global Edge

In the spirit of Global Entrepreneurship Week, today we will look at one of the most innovative concepts of entrepreneurship in recent years: the emergence of microfinance. Microfinance empowers poor individuals, mostly from develop...

Jonathan Morduch: Five takeaways from the Microfinance USA 2011 Conference

Society & Culture : Dowser

Microfinance expert and author (most recently) of Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day, Jonathan Morduch reflects on some of the things he learned at the Microfinance USA 2011 conference, which took place in...

Microfinance Growing in Attraction to Private-Equity

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Amid all the negative news surrounding the private-equity industry, one sector that caters to the poor are drawing interest from these firms: the microfinance industry. The returns in investing in these companies—which make small lo...


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