Mainstreaming microfinance: How lending to the poor began, grew, and came of age in Bolivia

Author: Rhyne, Elisabeth, 2001

Abstract: The history of the microfinance movement in Latin America is brought to life through the lens of the Bolivian experience in Mainstreaming Microfinance. Microcredit in Bolivia grew and became successful in only a decade, lifting an enormous segment of the country’s population into the financial mainstream in the process. Drawing on participant interviews, Elisabeth Rhyne, details how Bolivia’s special breed of social entrepreneurs found the keys to unlock the huge unmet demand of informal clients.

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