For-Profit Versus Nonprofit Microfinance: How are the poor affected?

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This paper discusses research on the microfinance industry, for-profit versus nonprofit models, and the efficacy of microfinance in alleviating poverty.

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Weinberg, Brian R.; Cox, Gloria C. & McPherson, Michael April 3, 2008.

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This paper discusses research on the microfinance industry, for-profit versus nonprofit models, and the efficacy of microfinance in alleviating poverty.

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Abstract: Of the world's 6.5 billion people, 2.8 billion are living in poverty on less than $2 per day. After a general discussion of poverty among several perspectives, this research will focus on the microfinance industry. Microfinance has proven itself an effective poverty alleviation tool. Traditionally, the microfinance industry has been nonprofit, geared toward helping the poor rise from poverty through the provision of small loans to create or expand businesses. The need for additional funding capital and the growing popularity of the industry have spurred an industry-wide debate between the traditional nonprofit model and newer for-profit microfinance model ideals. Many social and economic trade-offs occur on the spectrum that shifts between these two models. As this industry continues to transform itself rapidly, this study works to explain the major points of the debate within the context of two microfinance institutions from both models (i.e., Alternativa Solidaria and Compartamos). Although there were several limitations such as time and funding, this paper offers ideas of how each might overcome their inadequacies in the future to find a stronger balance between funding, satisfying the market demand for microfinance services, and effectively alleviating poverty.

Fifth Annual University Scholars Day, 2008, Denton, Texas, United States.

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  • Publication Title: The Eagle Feather
  • Volume: 5
  • Issue: 2008
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Weinberg, Brian R.; Cox, Gloria C. & McPherson, Michael. For-Profit Versus Nonprofit Microfinance: How are the poor affected?, paper, April 3, 2008; [Denton, Texas]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc86952/: accessed February 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.