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About MicroFinance Transparency

Mission and Vision

Our desire is to be the venue for the Microfinance industry to publicly demonstrate its commitment to pricing transparency, integrity and poverty alleviation. Our vision is a Microfinance industry operating with healthy free market conditions where consumers and other stakeholders can make informed decisions.

Background

MicroFinance Transparency was established to promote the welfare of poor micro-entrepreneurs, and to promote the integrity of microfinance as a poverty alleviation practice. Our industry continues to grow into one that is dynamic and far-reaching. It is applied all over the world in many creative forms, and with the participation of many types of stakeholders.

Microfinance has long been highly transparent in some areas, but due to complications of market conditions and lack of regulation, the true price of our loan products has never been accurately measured or reported.

For this reason MFTransparency believes there is a need to present information on credit products and their prices in a clear and consistent fashion. And at the same time, MFTransparency sees an opportunity to provide education on the considerations microfinance Institutions (MFIs) face regarding interest rates and product pricing.

Since MFTransparency’s launch in July 2008, 912 industry leaders, including MFIs and Apex Banks currently serving 60 million clients worldwide, have signed the endorser statement. To learn more visit the endorser page.

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