Lack of legislation for microfinance institutions in Central America

One of the main obstacles to the development of microcredit institutions in the region is the lack of a legal framework to integrate them in to the formal financial system.

Friday, August 29, 2008


Reynold Walter, president of the Microfinance Network of Central America (Redimif) and who inaugurated the sixth edition of the Central American Microfinance Conference yesterday, commented that, except for Honduras, no other country has a legal framework for that sector.

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