Micro-Financing and the Economic Health of a Nation
Bensson V Samuel MD PhD DBA CHCQM
A change in finance for low-income people is occurring around the world. The microfinance movement provides services on a wide scale by competing, financially self-sufficient institutions to the economically active poor. Microfinance has been credited for promoting the Millennium Development Goals, poverty reduction, women's empowerment, and many other social benefits. This extensive microfinance survey aims to bridge the gap between academic economists and practitioners in the current microfinance literature. Micro-financing and the Economic Health of a Nation set a precedent for future work in the sector as the premier book to provide a detailed analysis of housing microfinance worldwide. By addressing a number of issues, including lessons from informal markets, savings and insurance, the role of women, the position of subsidies, impact assessment, and management incentives, this book offers an overview of microfinance. This book reviews essential issues for foreign and domestic microfinance organizations that are considering expanding into housing and for providers of traditional housing loans that aim to provide their services to poor clients who lack collateral or regular income, with clear guidance for practitioners and policymakers. Micro-financing and the Economic Health of a Nation can be used by students in economics, public policy, and development studies. This volume offers a reasoned, moderate voice on the virtues and problems of microfinance.