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Ways Donors Can Help The Evolution Of Sustainable Microfinance Organizations

  • Schreiner, Mark

This paper suggests ways donors can help the evolution of sustainable microfinance organizations. Sustainability is good because it helps MFOs help more poor people than otherwise. Sustainability is hard because it requires balancing outreach and sustainability with prices the poor can afford yet high enough to cover the costs of the MFO. Donors are like genetic engineers whose job is to speed the evolution of sturdy MFOs. Technical assistance is the best way to tinker with MFOs.

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Paper provided by Ohio State University, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics in its series Economics and Sociology Occasional Papers with number 28327.

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Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:ags:ohsesp:28327
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  7. Gonzalez-Vega, Claudio & Schreiner, Mark & Meyer, Richard L. & Rodriguez-Meza, Jorge & Navajas, Sergio, 1996. "Bancosol: The Challenge Of Growth For Microfinance Organizations," Economics and Sociology Occasional Papers 28333, Ohio State University, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics.
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