microfinance

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noun mi·cro·fi·nance \¦mī-krō-¦fī-ˌnan(t)s; -fə-¦nan(t)s, fī-\

Definition of microfinance

  1. :  financial services especially in the form of microloans provided to impoverished individuals and groups in poor and developing regions :  the financial activities associated with microcredit 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

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1995

First Known Use of microfinance

1995


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