CIS is a mechanism through which various lenders electronically pool and pull borrower information using centralised (credit reference bureau) databases, with the aim of addressing information asymmetry between borrowers and lenders. Left unchecked, information asymmetry often results in adverse selection, unsuitable loan products/terms, and exclusion of certain categories of borrowers from the credit market. Agriculture […]
The systematic and prudent financing of smallholder agriculture has been and continues to be a difficult goal in Kenya in spite of remarkable progress in the microfinance over the past twenty years. Agriculture, with its non-uniform cash flows, rural bias, poorly capitalised and widely dispersed producers, seasonal cash flows, price and market risks differs substantially […]
This report examines the experiences of two micro-finance organisations in Kenya, Faulu Kenya Ltd (Faulu) and Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT), which both decided to transform into deposit taking microfinance institutions (DTMs).
Small to mid-sized microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Kenya and Tanzania face multiple challenges to growth. These include the lack of clear and actionable strategic plans, the need for strategic leadership development, and a range of operational issues. In an effort to help MFIs overcome these barriers, Unitus and FSD partnered in 2009 to create the […]