Nicaragua: Recovery in Microfinance

Nearly three years after the crisis caused by the No Pago movement, the sector is growing at an annual rate of 12%, driven by traditional credit, micro-insurance, and health services.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The microfinance sector is beginning its gradual and cautious return to agriculture, the sector most affected by the No Payment Movement, and is taking risks in projects by small agritourism farms.

Currently it has a portfolio of $210 million with 250,000 customers, which allowed it to grow 11% last year .

Veronica Herrera, coordinator of the Commission's image of the Nicaraguan Association of Microfinance Institutions (Asomif), reported to that "... the issue of social housing is a new product that we have been working on ...".

She also explained that "... in the case of 'Mi Crédito', we have signed a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, to finance improvements and extensions to homes, with an investment of up to $3,500, with technical assistance through Habitat ...".

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