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The Rural Finance Landscape: A Practitioner's Guide
Community of Practice: Financial Services
Microfinance can help poor and marginal communities develop their economic capacities. In recent years, there has been a rapid increase in the number of microfinance institutions and clients. However, microfinance services remain limited in rural areas which are often sparsely populated and poorly developed in terms of economic and physical infrastructure. Efforts are, therefore, needed to identify ‘rural finance’ approaches -savings and lending systems- that respond to the needs and capacities of poorer clients and rural entrepreneurs.