Serving the Very Small Enterprise (VSE) Segment by Microfinance Institutions in the Arab World

M. Khaled, K. Beshay | Sanabel, IFC

This report: i) attempts to define the VSE segment; ii) reviews the microfinance sector’s efforts to serve the VSE segment, based on survey results; iii) assesses the scale of these efforts; iv) identifies key challenges; v) assesses the levels of MFI interest in serving this segment; and finally vi) draws some lessons from the experiences thus far and offers some guidance for next steps.

Tunisia, Sudan, Morocco, Egypt, Microfinance, Islamic Finance
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