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Alternative financial vehicles: rotating savings and credit associations (ROSCAs)

  • Christy Chung Hevener
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    This paper describes how ROSCAs work and discusses the benefits that accrue to ROSCA participants and some of the costs they incur. Of particular interest is the introduction of a partial data set collected from a local ROSCA, which offers a glimpse of the capital costs ROSCA participants face and which could ultimately be contrasted with the capital costs faced by borrowers at mainstream financial institutions.

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    Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in its series Community Affairs Discussion Paper with number 06-01.

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    Date of creation: 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:fip:fedpcd:06-01
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