Developing countries in the Region have used microfinance services to reduce poverty. About 21 per cent of the Grameen Bank borrowers and 11 per cent of the borrowers of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, a microfinance NGO, managed to lift their families out of poverty within about four years of participation. These services also had a significant positive impact on the depth (severity) of poverty among the poor. Extreme poverty declined from 33 per cent to 10 per cent among Grameen Bank participants, and from 34 per cent to 14 per cent among Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee participants.
Without exclusively targeting the poor, the unit desas of the Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) have also assisted “hundreds of thousands of households in lifting themselves out of absolute poverty over the past decade.” A 1988 sample survey of unit desa borrowers showed that microcredit has had a major impact on their families' standards of living. The study estimated that net household incomes of borrowers increased by about 76 per cent and employment increased by 84 per cent with three years of program participation. The studies have, in general, shown that microfinance services have also had a positive impact on specific socioeconomic variables such as children’s schooling, household nutrition status, and women’s empowerment.
A SACCOs is a democratic, unique member driven, self-help co-operative. It is owned, governed and managed by its members who have the same common bond: working for the same employer, belonging to the same church, labor union, social fraternity or living/working in the same community.
The SACCOs aims a meeting the financial needs of all its members men/women, old/young, rich/poor in particular, by encouraging savings and granting loans to the members. In order to provide the best and most durable satisfaction to its members, the SACCOs is concerned about its own financial stability and to do so it must achieve profitable management on an ongoing basis. The mission of the SACCOs is to make available on site, to anyone wishing to join it, financial services under the best conditions, while enabling the cooperative to cover its operating expenses and providing for the economic education for its members.
Microfinance is a category of financial services targeted at individuals and small businesses who lack access to conventional banking and related services. Microfinance includes microcredit, the provision of small loans to poor clients; savings and checking accounts microinsurance and payment systems. Microfinance services are designed to be more affordable to poor and socially marginalized customers and to help them become self-sufficient.
Microfinance initially had a limited definition - the provision of microloans to poor entrepreneurs and small businesses lacking access to credit. The two main mechanisms for the delivery of financial services to such clients were: (a) relationship-based banking for individual entrepreneurs and small businesses; and (b) group-based models, where several entrepreneurs come together to apply for loans and other services as a group. Over time, microfinance has emerged as a larger movement whose object is a world in which as everyone, especially the poor and socially marginalized people and households have access to a wide range of affordable, high quality financial products and services, including not just credit but also savings, insurance, payment services, and fund transfers
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