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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071624066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071624060
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Double Bottom-Line Business… Socially Responsible Success

As an industry with annual growth rates of 30 percent over the past six years, microfinance is becoming one of the best avenues for achieving what every investor wants: sustainable investment opportunities for long-term growth and dramatic increases in market share.

Technological advances make it cheaper to reach more and more customers. The purchasing power of low-income people is increasing. These and other factors make the time ripe for the private sector to invest in the growth of the millions of people at the bottom of the pyramid.

Microfinance for Bankers and Investors is the first guidebook for entering and profiting from this emerging market. This practical road map offers:

  • Facts and figures demonstrating the outstanding opportunities in this sector
  • Success stories from Citibank, Visa, Sequoia Capital, and other major companies
  • Best practices and key insights from today’s top players in microfinance

The impressive global growth of microfinance is one of the few bright spots in today’s difficult financial-sector landscape. Microfinance for Bankers and Investors provides businesses an opportunity to engage in a double bottom-line business and provides the insights they need to tap into a market that has yet to reveal its full potential.

About the Author

Elisabeth Rhyne is managing director of the Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International, where she works to bring together leaders in financial services to address challenges facing the microfinance industry today. ACCION International is a leading microfinance organization that provides microloans, business training, and other financial services to low-income people starting their own businesses. Rhyne is the author of four previous books on the subject, including Mainstreaming Microfinance.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Carvalho on February 26, 2010
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Excellent book. Great presentation of the several alternatives and initiatives that are taking place on microfinance around the world. A special feature of the book is the practical view of the themes it develops, certainly because of the author's experience in the field (Accion Internacional).
Good purchase for students and researchers of microfinance issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on August 30, 2010
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Microlending isn't just a feel-good concept, writes Elisabeth Rhyne in this thorough study of the microfinance industry. It's also an untapped source of both profits and social progress. A veteran of the microfinance field, Rhyne persuasively argues that making loans of a few hundred dollars can be a viable business model. While she's a proponent of microlending, Rhyne doesn't ignore the business's risks and pitfalls. Instead, she serves up detailed advice for analyzing the market and avoiding failures. Rhyne deftly sprinkles real-world examples of borrowers and lenders into her study. getAbstract recommends her book to entrepreneurs seeking opportunities to make money from - and extend a hand to - the globe's billions of poor people.
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By Jory D. Marks Lane on January 25, 2015
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