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Limitations Of Microcredit For Promoting Microenterprises In Bangladesh

  • Mahmudul Alam
  • Rafiqul Islam Molla

Microcredit is regarded as a tool for poverty alleviation. A stereotyped delivery system is designed and used for promoting and serving survival- and subsistence-level economic activities, particularly for poor female clients. In Bangladesh its success has raised social expectations as to its potential as also a promoter of microenterprises, which are growth-yielding small businesses beyond subsistence-level economic activity. The field survey shows that about 11.7% of the microcredit borrowers are this kind of potential or growing microentrepreneur. It also shows that microcredit’s standardised delivery system, particularly in respect of gender preference, loan size, loan disbursement, and repayment schedules, is a strong limiting factor in effectively serving the microenterprises, which require a more flexible credit package. Therefore a methodological modification is necessary to accommodate flexibility in the microcredit delivery system.

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Article provided by Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade in its journal Economic Annals.

Volume (Year): 57 (2012)
Issue (Month): 192 (January – March)
Pages: 41–54

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  1. Rafiqul Islam Molla & Md. Mahmudul Alam, 2011. "Microcredit - A More Credible Social than Economic Program in Bangladesh," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(2), pages 1095-1104.
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