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Defying the odds : banking for the poor
Versluysen, Eugene.
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West Hartford, Conn. : Kumarian Press, 1999.
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xiii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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HG3550 .V47 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A seminal and ground breaking study--especially commended to the attention of the students of International Economics, and it] will be of immense interest to non-specialist general readers with an interest in the welfare and improvement of third world country economics and societies. --The Midwest Book Review, July 2004 *Draws from the experience of selected creative microfinance programs in Asia, West Africa, and Latin America *Unique view of microfinance from a political-economy perspective Setting itself apart from other microfinance literature, this distinctive book focuses on the context of social and economic change in developing countries, claiming the poor do not create poverty. The book's focus on grassroots developmental entrepreneurship and alternative poverty-reduction strategies will be of interest to policymakers as well as students who are learning how microfinance has grown worldwide.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Part I The Political Economy of Microfinancep. 1
1 Poverty Is Not Created by the Poorp. 3
2 Self-Employment: A Cure for Poverty?p. 27
3 Banking for the Unbankablep. 39
Part II The Asian Pioneers of Microfinancep. 63
4 Challenging Social Norms to Empower the Landless Poor in Bangladeshp. 67
5 Bold Experiments with Unit Banking in Indonesiap. 99
Part III Informality and Microfinance in Latin Americap. 129
6 Coping with the Lost Decadep. 131
7 Financing Bolivia's Urban Informal Sectorp. 145
8 Rising Informality and Microfinance in Perup. 169
Part IV Experimenting with Microfinance in West Africap. 193
9 West Africa: A Region Mired in Povertyp. 195
10 Blending Microfinance with Training: Lessons from Guineap. 207
Part V Microfinance in Perspectivep. 221
11 Learning from Microfinancep. 223
Acronymsp. 238
Selected Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 243
About the Authorp. 256