BISWA: Fostering Inclusive Growth through Microfinance (Abridged)
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Microfinance in India
In the mid-1990s, about 70% of India's population lived in the rural areas, which accounted for only 30% of the bank deposits. About 70% of the rural poor did not have bank accounts and 87% of them did not have access to credit from banks.3 In the same period, the share of non-institutional agencies including traders, money lenders, friends, and relatives in the outstanding cash dues of rural households was 36%.4 The situation among the urban poor was not much better...
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