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Microfinance Market Niches and Client Profiles in Bolivia

  • Claudio Gonzalez-Vega

    (Ohio State University)

  • Richard L. Meyer

    (OSU)

  • Sergio Navajas

    (OSU)

  • Mark Schreiner

    (Washington University in St. Louis)

  • Jorge Rodriguez-Meza

    (OSU)

  • Guillermo Monje

    (OSU)

This paper presents and interprets descriptive statistics generated from data obtained in a survey of clients of five microfinance organizations believed to be among the best in Bolivia. These lenders represent different combinations of organizational design, lending technology, and market area of operations. Two are regulated financial intermediaries and three are NGOs. Two operate in rural areas (PRODEM and Sartawi) and three operate in urban areas (BancoSol, FIE, and Caja Los Andes). Two offer individual loans and three grant loans through joint liability groups. The paper discusses household-enterprise profiles of a sample of 622 clients and identifies terms and conditions of loan contracts with these organizations to evaluate the depth and quality of their outreach.

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