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Sustainability and Outreach: A Comparative Study of MFIs in South Asia and Latin America & the Caribbean

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  • Sefa Kwami Awaworyi
  • Ana Marr

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Previous studies indicate that microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have different operational strategies to MFIs in South Asia (SA). Given the recent emphasis placed on the feasibility of MFIs to achieve the dual goals of outreach and sustainability concurrently, we examine and compare the relationship between sustainability and outreach of MFIs in LAC with MFIs in SA. Our results indicate that trade-offs exist between outreach and sustainability in both regions. However, the severity of trade-off is dependent on which goal MFIs decide to focus on in each region.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Economics in its series Monash Economics Working Papers with number 13-14.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2014
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Handle: RePEc:mos:moswps:2014-13

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Keywords: Microfinance; Sustainability; Outreach; Financial Performance; South Asia; Latin America;

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