Microfinance for Bankers and Investors: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges of the Market at the Bottom of the Pyramid / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071624060
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/18/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1. Understanding the BOP Market
Chapter 2. The Four Challenges of the BOP Market
Chapter 3. Product Design for BOP Clients
Chapter 4. Three Products: Insurance, Housing Finance and Remittances
Chapter 5. Corporate Choices
Chapter6. Commercial Banks as Microlenders
Chapter 7. Models of Micro-Insurance
Chapter 8. Retailers as Channels
Chapter 9. Financing Inclusive Finance
Chapter 10. Financial Infrastructure
Chapter 11. Payments Technologies Reduce Costs and Increase Convenience
Chapter 12 Approaches to Social Responsibility
Chapter13 Measuring the Social Bottom Line

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

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    Smart look at microfinance: where the double bottom line adds up

    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.

    To learn more about this title, check out the following web link: http://www.getabstract.com/summary/12180/microfinance-for-bankers-and-investors.html

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