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Microcredit Problems?
Alex Steffen, 29 Apr 04

The Times is running a piece exploring the problems some say are emerging as the microcredit model spreads. I found it provocative: thoughts?

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I was struck by how the problem was described in the article: microloans don't work for the extremely poor because they can't pay them back.

What a shocker. I guess this is a seriously novel idea on a planet where capitalism has triumphed.


Posted by: Emily Gertz on 29 Apr 04

Microcredit loans were pioneered by Muhammad Yunus, who founded the Grameeen Bank in Bangladesh. He insisted that loans go, not to the poor, but to the poorest of the poor. He devised a social mechanism to guarantee repayment. Loans were made to groups of six women, who as a group guaranteed repayment. The default rate was very low. Yunas' autobiography, Banker to the Poor, is fascinating.

Cheers

Andrew


Posted by: Andrew Gaines on 30 Apr 04



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