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The Year in Microfinance

By Elizabeth Rhyne, Financial Access Initative Blog

This year the microfinance sector got hit with three whammies. The first was the crisis in Andhra Pradesh, where rapid loan growth….

Kiva Launches Experimental Direct Microfinance Website

By Matthew Paulson, Peer to Peer Lending News

Kiva has launched an experimental website, called Kiva Zip, which will directly facilitate peer-to-peer microfinance loans between lenders and entrepreneurs.

Amid Battered US Economy, Veterans Turn to Start-ups

By Jessica Naziri, (blog)

So had difficulty getting a VA/Small Business loan for his start-up, so he tapped into his friends and family network. In February, he incorporated his bag check business, Cubby. Other vets, such as 37-year-old graphics designer David Lester,

 Small business loan demand shows new economic gain | Reuters

By Lynn Adler, Reuters

NEW YORK, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Small businesses re-engineered themselves during the recession and are now more confident and profitable, with lower-risk loan

 United States Microfinance: Regulating to Promote Growth?

By Aruna Chandra and Thankom Arun, Working Paper

This study draws on 20 in-depth interviews with microfinance institutions, practitioners, analysts/policymakers, and academics, along with a review of literature to understand and assess the state of the microfinance industry in the United States in terms of its salient features, critical issues and regulatory landscape, using the microfinance chain of funders, providers and customers as an organizing framework.

 What the world can learn from the Indian microfinance crisis?

By Microfinance Focus

2 A better understanding of the needs of low income clients for financial products so that the industry evolves from the simple regime of the “one size fits all” conventional Grameen loan to a set of (3-4) products specifically designed for the clients

 10 Amazing Microfinance Success Stories | OnlineMBA

By Online MBA

Lidia Calzado got a $10000 loan from ACCION San Diego that allowed her to buy more inventory and thereby circumvent her supplier’s high interest rate.

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