Poverty alleviation and enterprise development: The need for a differentiated approach
In an exploration of two different types of microenterprises via 16 cases from the Philippines, the authors identify fundamental distinctions relevant to the provision of micro-credit services. Lower barriers to entry and intense competition prevent many 'livelihood' activities from becoming microenterprises. Livelihood enterprises are usually a source of secondary income, provide psychological as well as economic value to workers, exhibit evidence of savings, and benefit from growth via access to credit. As such, the main rationale for providing credit and other assistance to livelihood programmes is poverty reduction. The authors conclude that small and microenterprises do not live by credit alone.
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Volume (Year): 8 (1996)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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