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Entries in Microfinance (59)

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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Tuesday
Jan182011

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC)

The key to helping Zimbabwean youth overcome poverty

Engaging vulnerable youth in positive economic strengthening activities is critical in helping them develop the life skills and coping strategies required to meet their basic needs. This case study looks at CRS’ experience in introducing Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) to orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe through the Support to Replicable Innovative Village Community Efforts (STRIVE) project.

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Thursday
Apr012010

Strengthening the Income and Asset Base of Vulnerable Households

Savings-led Microfinance Profile CRS Rwanda

A brief overview of CRS savings-led microfinance programming in Rwanda.

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Thursday
Apr012010

Building the Financial Capacity of Poor Rural Families Through Savings

Savings-led Microfinance Profile CRS Benin

A brief overview of CRS savings-led microfinance programming in Benin.

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Thursday
Apr012010

Fortalecimiento de la Capacidad Financiera de las Familias Rurales Pobres

Profil de Microfinanzas Orientadas al Ahorro CRS Benín

Información sobre las actividades de microfinanzas orientadas al ahorro de CRS Benín.

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Thursday
Apr012010

Développer les capacités financières des familles rurales pauvres grâce à l’épargne

Profil de microfinance basée sur l’épargne – CRS Bénin

Informations sur les activités de microfinance basée sur l’épargne de CRS au Bénin.

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Wednesday
Mar312010

Empowering Women through Savings and Internal Lending Communities

Savings-led Microfinance Profile CRS Mali

A brief overview of CRS savings-led microfinance programming in Mali.

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Friday
Nov102006

Savings and Internal Lending Communities

A compendium of field experience with savings-led microfinance as an element in a holistic approach to community development.

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