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Does Firm Profile Influence Financial Access among Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya?


  • Musamali, M. Martin

    (School of Business and Economics, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya)

  • Daniel Kipkirong Tarus

    (Department of Accounting and Finance, Moi University, Eldoret Kenya)


The purpose of this research is to determine whether firm-specific factors influence Small and Medium Enterprises’ (SMEs) ability to access finance. To address the study objectives, data from a sample of 103 SMEs was used in the study. Using multiple regression analysis, we found that, firm profile such as ownership structure; size of the firm; business type; and age of the business indeed influence SMEs’ access to finance.

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  • Musamali, M. Martin & Daniel Kipkirong Tarus, 2013. "Does Firm Profile Influence Financial Access among Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya?," Asian Economic and Financial Review, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 3(6), pages 714-723, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:asi:aeafrj:2013:p:714-723

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    1. George Kwadwo Anane & Patrick Brandful Cobbinah & Job Kwame Manu, 2013. "Sustainability of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Rural Ghana: The Role of Microfinance Institutions," Asian Economic and Financial Review, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 3(8), pages 1003-1017, August.
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