Growing MFIs in El Salvador

Wires received in the most remote areas of the country are a major factor for the growth of microfinance institutions (MFIs).

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Where traditional banking does not exist due to operating costs preventing requests for credits of $ 200 or less, there is fertile ground for small banks and credit unions, which now amount to about 250.

The regularity of wires received, in particular from relatives in the United States, enables the concept of "install your business and pay your credit with the wire", as indicated by Mercedes Llort, acting chairman of the Foundation for Microfinance Training and Consultancy, allowing the money coming from abroad to be used in productive developments.

The article by Maria José Saavedra of, reports that "the approximate number of customers handled by each credit union is as little as 1.000, but there are some cooperatives, the strongest, 10 or 15 of them, which can have up to 5.000 ".

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