Thursday, November 4, 2010

sks and india's microfinance crisis

On October 15th, the government of Andhra Pradesh, India's fifth-most-populous state, issued an ordinance aimed at protecting women who "are being exploited by private microfinance institutions through usurious interest rates and coercive means resulting in their impoverishment and in some cases leading to suicides." The ordinance seems designed to quash microcredit in the state, where it has grown explosively in the last five years through a process of commercialization that has brought ample capital and made millions for some investors and founders.

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