Microfinance for Bankers and Investors: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges of the…

Hardcover | June 8, 2009

byElizabeth Rhyne

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What promise did Sequoia Capitalrecognize in SKS microfinance (India)that it had also seen in Apple, Oracle, andGoogle?

Why would Vodafone help distributemoney via cell phones for millionsof Kenyans?

How did a Mexican retailer createa financial-services empire, Banco Azteca,that would serve eight million borrowers infive years?

From its origins as a nonprofit povertyalleviation strategy, microfinance has becomea viable business model for providing financialservices to the poor in ways that allow forboth social responsibility and profit, even inthe midst of economic turmoil.

Longtime microfinance expert ElisabethRhyne and her team guide readers throughthe landscape of financial-inclusion opportunities,providing lessons from companiesaround the world that are leading the wayin earning profits while addressing globalpoverty.

Microfinance for Bankers and Investors reveals:

  • Changes in the market allowingfor increased private investmentin microfinance
  • New technologies and deliverychannels that reduce costs forsmall transactions
  • Proven ways to overcome the uniquechallenges of serving customersat the bottom of the pyramid
  • Innovative products for grassrootsfinance, such as mobile phonebanking and microinsurance
  • The extraordinary social value andbusiness sustainability of microfinance

    Microfinance for Bankers and Investors breaksnew ground by showing how microfinanceattracts top organizations to engage indouble and triple bottom-line businessactivities. With deep insight and clear vision,it examines the unique opportunities andchallenges of providing financial services forlow-income people.

    Inclusive finance gives companies the prospectof aligning social values with long-termbusiness strategies. Microfinance for Bankersand Investors offers the facts and insights youneed to enter this fast-growing market withconfidence.

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What promise did Sequoia Capitalrecognize in SKS microfinance (India)that it had also seen in Apple, Oracle, andGoogle?Why would Vodafone help distributemoney via cell phones for millionsof Kenyans? How did a Mexican retailer createa financial-services empire, Banco Azteca,that would serve eight million borrowers infive years?From its ...

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Double Bottom-Line Business…Socially Responsible SuccessAs an industry with annual growth rates of 30 percent over thepast six years, microfinance is becoming one of the best avenuesfor achieving what every investor wants: sustainable investmentopportunities for long-term growth and dramatic increases inmarket share.Technological advan...

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, busi...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.11 inPublished:June 8, 2009Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071624066

ISBN - 13:9780071624060

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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