Replicating Microfinance in the United States
"With the publication of this volume, knowledge and understanding of the practices of delivering micro-credit reach a new level of consolidation, and the stage is set for important further steps."—from the Foreword by Richard P. Taub, University of Chicago
Microfinance was pioneered in the developing world as the lending of small amounts of money to entrepreneurs who lacked the kinds of credentials and collateral demanded by banks. Similar practices spread from the developing to the developed world, reversing the usual direction of innovation, and today several hundred microfinance institutions are operating in the United States.
Replicating Microfinace in the United States reviews experiences in both developing and industrialized countries and extends the applications of microlending beyond enterprise to consumer finance, housing finance, and community development finance, concentrating especially on previously underserved households and their communities.
Contributors include Nitin Bhatt, Robert M. Buckley, Bruce Ferguson, Elinor Haider, Chi-kan Richard Hung, Sally R. Merrill, Jonathan Morduch, Gary Painter, Sohini Sarkar, Mark Schreiner, Lisa Servon, Ayse Can Talen, Shui-Yan Tang, Kenneth Temkin, Andres Vinelli, J. D. Von Pischke and Marc A. Weiss.
Replicating Microfinance in the United States is based on papers commissioned by the Fannie Mae Foundation and findings from an October 2001 conference jointly held by the Fannie Mae Foundation and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
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Is lack of demand a major reason why there is not a greater supply of housing microcredit now available ? • To what extent do bankable households not have access to credit ? To what extent are households ( mistakenly ? ) ...
Direct - demand subsidy programs represent a great advance over the traditional mode of social housing finance . The subsidy amount is clear and better targeted , households can choose their unit's location , and construction can be ...
This huge capital gap constitutes unmet demand for credit in these countries and has fueled the market for microlending . It is the major driving force behind the microfinance industry . As for the sizable market demand for ...
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Opportunities and Challenges for Microfinance
Current Foundations of Microfinance Best Practices
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