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Unsubsidized Microfinance Institutions

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  • Bert D'Espallier
  • Marek Hudon
  • Ariane Szafarz

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This paper starts from the observation that 23% of the world’s microfinance institutions (MFIs) manage without subsidies. We examine how unsubsidized institutions cope with their social mission. Overall, the lack of subsidies worsens social performances. However, our results show that strategies to achieve financial self-sufficiency differ substantially across regions. African and Asian MFIs compensate for non-subsidization by charging higher interest rates. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, unsubsidized MFIs find it more suitable to target less poor clients. Unsubsidized Latin American MFIs tend to reduce their share of female borrowers.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series Working Papers CEB with number 13-012.

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Length: 12 p.
Date of creation: 14 Feb 2013
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Handle: RePEc:sol:wpaper:2013/140728

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Keywords: microfinance; subsidies; mission drift; poverty reduction; average loan size; interest rates;

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Cited by:
  1. Janda, Karel & Zetek, Pavel, 2014. "Mikrofinanční Revoluce: Aktuální Kontroverze A Výzvy
    [Microfinance Revolution: Recent Controversies And Challenges]
    ," MPRA Paper 54098, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Hudon, Marek & Périlleux, Anaïs, 2014. "Surplus distribution and characteristics of social enterprises: Evidence from microfinance," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 54(2), pages 147-157.
  3. Renaud Bourlès & Anastasia Cozarenco, 2013. "State Intervention and the (Micro)Credit Market in Developed Countries: Loan Guarantee and Business Development Services," Working Papers halshs-00811191, HAL.

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