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Entries in microfinance institutions (12)

Tuesday
Jan182011

Mobilizing Savings for CAURIE-MF Clients in Senegal

Documents the experience of CAURIE-MF, a CRS partner in Senegal, during the design and launch of its new savings product. CAURIE-MF’s clients have been saving diligently for many years but the institution did not have the proper license to mobilize, manage and on-lend their savings. Now legally registered and licensed as a deposit taking institution, CAURIE-MF has able to launch a new savings product which has resulted in significant growth in both its portfolio and the number of clients it is able to serve. The paper shares key successes, challenges and lessons learned during the roll out of this new savings product.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Developing Agriculture Loan Products for Poor Rural Communities

Examines key lessons learned by Metemamen MF, a microfinance partner of CRS Ethiopia, during the pilot testing of a new loan product designed for rural poor farmers. The paper shares the experience of the microfinance institution as it worked with CRS’ agroenterprise initiative to design financial services for farmers engaged in white pea bean production.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Checklist for an Internal Audit

Structured guidance to facilitate assessment of operations at a microfinance institution (MFI). Intended especially for new internal auditors, but also useful to experienced staff as a reminder of of important systems and procedures to review. Not intended as a definitive document to replace an MFI’s own internal audit analysis. Instead, it should be adapted by its users to fit their specific processes and regularly updated.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Review of MAGI Assessment Experiences in South East Asia

Documents the findings and lessons learned from eleven CRS-managed MAGI organizational assessments of partner microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Southeast Asia during 2003 and 2004. The MAGI tool was developed at CRS to assess the institutional strengths and challenges facing MFIs and is an integral part of the CRS LINKS organizational learning/capacity strengthening process for partners. The report goes on to discuss components for institutional strengthening plans based on the MAGI findings.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Understanding Information Needs for MFIs

Introduces the concept of an information systems needs analysis, provides a detailed description of the analysis process (including basic project management techniques), and describes the optional companion needs analysis template provided to help the end user conduct and document his or her institution’s analysis. (First of two guides.)

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Tying the Knot

A Guide to Mergers in Microfinance

An in-depth look at a merger process in Armenia in order to examine the pros and cons, explore the lessons learned, and articulate some guidelines for other MFIs that might be contemplating a merger or similar strategic move in the future.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Determining Information Systems Requirements

Defines key elements of manual and computer-based information systems, discusses the advantages and potential disadvantages of each, and provides guidance to help the end user prepare his or her institution for a computer-based system. It includes a companion template, the Cash-flow/Net Present Value calculator, to help analyze the financial implications of the current information system and potential alternatives. (Second in a set of two guides.)

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Mergers in Microfinance

Twelve Case Studies

Intended as a companion resource to Tying the Knot: A Guide to Mergers in Microfinance. The twelve case studies presented here demonstrate that mergers are already taking place in diverse microfinance environments. While mergers may not be the solution for everyone and not all mergers succeed, there can be great value in building stronger institutions by linking up with competitors.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Principled Practices in Microfinance

CRS has a niche in the microfinance industry, but we can lose sight, from time to time, of why we do what we do. This guide reminds us of the bigger why. It has two purposes for two audiences: First, it is an attempt to get those who are consumed with the "here and now" to glance up and remember why we are in the business of microfinance. Second, it spells out to newcomers, or even seasoned practitioners new to CRS, the principles that guide our work.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

The Board Rules

Founding an MFI Board

As microfinance providing institutions transition to formal, local organizations, decisions about governance and ownership become major issues. This book provides guidance that makes the process a less daunting task.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

The People Part

Support for CRS staff starting or currently managing a microfinance program, focused on ensuring an environment favorable to success.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Internal Account Management Toolkit

Guidance and practical tools for use in developing, overseeing and auditing the internal account programs of village banks. It also includes tools that can be given to bank members who can then use them in managing their own internal accounts.

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