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Microfinance Market Niches and Client Profiles in Bolivia

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  • 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)

Abstract

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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  • Claudio Gonzalez-Vega & Richard L. Meyer & Sergio Navajas & Mark Schreiner & Jorge Rodriguez-Meza & Guillermo Monje, 2001. "Microfinance Market Niches and Client Profiles in Bolivia," Computational Economics 0109002, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpco:0109002
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    1. Sergio Navajas & Jonathan Conning & Claudio Gonzalez-Vega, 2003. "Lending technologies, competition and consolidation in the market for microfinance in Bolivia," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(6), pages 747-770.
    2. Navajas, Sergio & Schreiner, Mark & Meyer, Richard L. & Gonzalez-vega, Claudio & Rodriguez-meza, Jorge, 2000. "Microcredit and the Poorest of the Poor: Theory and Evidence from Bolivia," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 28(2), pages 333-346, February.
    3. Navajas, Sergio & Schreiner, Mark, 1998. "Apex Organizations And The Growth Of Microfinance In Bolivia," Economics and Sociology Occasional Papers - ESO Series 28324, Ohio State University, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics.
    4. Mark Schreiner, 2002. "Aspects of outreach: a framework for discussion of the social benefits of microfinance," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(5), pages 591-603.
    5. Werner L. Hernani-Limarino & Paul Villarroel, 2015. "Evaluando el Impacto de Microcréditos en Bolivia - Evidencia del Crédito Productivo Individual – Banco de Desarrollo Productivo," Working Papers 05/2015, Fundación Aru.
    6. Vega, Claudio Gonzalez & Schreiner, Mark & Meyer, Richard L. & Meza, Jorge Rodriguez & Navajas, Sergio, 1996. "Bancosol: El Reto Del Crecimiento En Organizaciones De Microfinanzas," Economics and Sociology Occasional Papers - ESO Series 28328, Ohio State University, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics.
    7. Ulrike Vogelgesang, 2000. "Investigating Microfinance: Caja Los Andes, Bolivia," GK working paper series 2001-01, Post Graduate Programme "Allocation on Financial Markets", University of Mannheim, revised Nov 2001.
    8. Mark Schreiner, 2001. "Aspects of Outreach: A Framework for the Discussion of the Social Benefits of Microfinance," Development and Comp Systems 0109003, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    9. Ulrike Vogelgesang, 2001. "The Impact of Microfinance Loans on the Clients' Enterprises: Caja Los Andes, Bolivia," GK working paper series 2001-03, Post Graduate Programme "Allocation on Financial Markets", University of Mannheim, revised Nov 2001.

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    Keywords

    Marketing; segmentation; Bolivia; competition; microfinance;

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    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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