Definition of microfinance
- Hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing into microfinance from international financial institutions, foundations, governments, and, most important, private investors—who increasingly see microfinance as a potentially profitable business venture.
- —Karol Boudreaux et al., The Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2008
- Muhammad Yunus starts lending money to the rural poor in Bangladesh. His Grameen Bank kicks off a worldwide movement in microfinance as lenders start to see poor people, especially women, not as bad credit risks but as profitable customers.
- —Barbara Kiviat, Time, 11 Aug. 2008