A Billion to Gain? A study on global financial institutions and microfinance

International banks have become engaged in microfinance and are not about to leave the stage. To date, international banks are modest players and only serve a few percent of the low-income and poor clients. However, they have become involved increasingly, particularly since 2005. International banks tend to provide their services in cooperation with microfinance institutions (MFIs) or through subsidiaries of their local commercial banks.

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