|Financial Management of a Small Handicraft Business (Oxfam, 1988, 43 p.)|
For the majority of the World's poor access to credit is a major problem. Farmers need money for inputs if they are to improve yields. Business ventures need to borrow to get started. Family ceremonies like weddings and funerals cost moneyfinding the cash can often result in chronic debt.
With nothing to offer as security the poor are frequently denied access to formal financial institutions like banks. When banks do make money available it is usually only for productive investment'. The only recourse is to pay the high interest rates asked by the local money lender.
A Manual of Credit and Savings describes ways in which loans can be made available and existing programmes adjusted to better fit the needs of poor people. The book draws extensively on Oxfam's experience in a number of different countries.
Published by OXFAM
ISBN 0 85598 079 6
Price: £2. 50 ( + post/pkg)
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