Online Course Modules: Microfinance

An Introduction to Microfinance

An Introduction to Microfinance discusses the basics and beginnings of the microfinance industry and provides those looking to invest in microfinance with some basic information for commencing such endeavors. The module will address: The beginnings of micro-credit; investing in microfinance; the ideal client and money practices of the poor; microfinance worldwide: agents of social change; and a case study on the microfinance institution, BRAC, is also included.

Microfinance Institutions and Recent Debates

Microfinance Institutions and Recent Debates looks at four microfinance institutions (MFIs), their lending practices, programs, clients, and overall organizational profile. This module will also address some of the recent debates surrounding the commercialization of microfinance institutions. In this module, we will cover: FINCA International; The Grameen Foundation; FONDEP Micro-Credit; Controversy at Compartamos; and a case study on the transition from non-profit, to for profit MFIs by Paulette Stenzel.

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