Microfinance in Myanmar: A Silver Bullet to Stamp out Poverty?

  The passing of the Microfinance Law in 2011 led to a rapid influx of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Myanmar. As of December 2015 there were over 256 MFIs operating in Myanmar, all competing to crack the estimated 33 million unbanked residing here. It is believed informal money lenders charging extortionate interest rates will become […]

Microfinance stagnates due to tough rules

The domestic microfinance industry is being held back by a number of constraints on funding, preventing more small-scale loans from being disbursed, according to industry insiders. Customers wait at the counter of one of Yangon’s modern microfinance institutions.Photo:Thiri Lu / The Myanmar TimesCustomers wait at the counter of one of Yangon’s modern microfinance institutions.Photo:Thiri Lu […]