Thursday, November 18, 2010

Microcredit Crunch

India Microcredit Sector Faces Collapse

Microfinance in pursuit of profits has led some microcredit companies around the world to extend loans to poor villagers at exorbitant interest rates and without enough regard for their ability to repay. Some companies have more than doubled their revenues annually.
Now some Indian officials fear that microfinance could become India’s version of the United States’ subprime mortgage debacle, in which the seemingly noble idea of extending home ownership to low-income households threatened to collapse the global banking system because of a reckless, grow-at-any-cost strategy.
 Michael and Sitara. Your thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. The Economist also got into the microcredit theme this week as well.