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Help, Risk and Deceit - Microentrepreneurs Talk about Microfinance


Eversole, R, Help, Risk and Deceit - Microentrepreneurs Talk about Microfinance, Journal of International Development, 15, (2) pp. 179-188. ISSN 0954-1748 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1002/jid.972


Microenterprise lending has emerged as an important development strategy internationally. Its goal is to support micro and small businesses as motors for impoverished local economies and to build sustainable microfinance organizations to serve these businesses. This article explores the experiences of microentrepreneurs in Sucre, Bolivia to probe the relationships underlying the microenterprise lending process. This study illustrates how these ostensibly commercial transactions were grounded in complex assumptions about social development, external assistance and power. The article illustrates the divide between 'developers' and the 'developed' in their shared quest to 'help businesses grow', and concludes that building strong lending institutions does not automatically translate into broad-based benefits for microentrepreneurs or their businesses. © 2003 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Urban geography
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Eversole, R (Professor Robyn Eversole)
ID Code:43877
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:Institute for Regional Development
Deposited On:2007-03-28
Last Modified:2011-09-15

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