The India office of MicroSave has just release an excellent piece of research on how people in Andhra Pradesh perceive various sources of credit---private microfinance, self-help groups, moneylenders---and how they they are responding to the sudden disappearance of one of them. It is based in large part on discussions with 76 groups of borrowers.
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I recently received an update on the Grameen Bank and the other Grameen organizations. The sender clearly has a point of view and asked to remain anonymous. But the text contains enough that is (for me) novel, factual, documented, and important that I think it worth sharing. Beyond the links provided, I cannot in general vouch for the accuracy of the text:
The Kenyan mobile phone--based system, M-PESA, is a financial service for the poor: it is a remarkable new way to transfer money.
I spoke last month at the annual Inter-American Forum on Microfinance (Foromic), which is sponsored by an arm of the Inter-American Development Bank called the Multilateral Investment Fund. (The MIF invests in the private sector while its parent lends to governments.) The conference took place outside San José, Costa Rica, in a resort off the highway to the airport.