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  • MICROFINANCE MISUNDERSTANDINGS

    Published on June 13, 2011

    Beyod Profit: This article identifies five key misunderstandings about the microfinance industry, the first being the perception of exorbitant interest rates. MFTransparency seeks to address this misunderstanding by educating industry stakeholders, publishing accurate, comparable pricing data for microloan products and facilitating informed discussion about the topic of pricing.

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    Category: External Media
    Tags: Understanding Prices
  • Transparent Pricing Initiative Launch: Remarks by the Governor of the Bank of Zambia

    Published on June 10, 2011

    Bank of Zambia: It is imperative that all institutions provide the price of their loans in terms of the Annual Percentage Rate rather than a monthly percentage. In this way, transparency is enhanced and consumers would have a clear picture of precisely how much they need to borrow relative to their income levels. This would result in responsible lending and a more competitive and transparent microfinance industry.

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    Countries: Zambia
    Category: External Media
    Tags: enab APR&EIR, MFT Event, Pricing Initiative, Regulation & Policy
  • The trials and tribulations of microfinance: Putting the rumours to bed

    Published on June 7, 2011

    RESULTS: MicroFinance Transparency was employed as an independent expert to investigate Grameen Bank’s pricing: they found that Grameen had the most (i.e. 100%) transparent interest rates of any MFI globally (which they stated was ‘unprecedented’) and that the highest interest rate they ever charged was 22.84%.

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    Category: External Media
    Tags: Understanding Prices
  • MFTransparency, AMIZ Launch Transparent Pricing Initiative in Zambia

    Published on June 3, 2011

    MicroCapital: US-based nonprofit MFTransparency and the 24-member Association of MicroFinance Institutions of Zambia (AMIZ) will co-host a workshop in Lusaka, Zambia, on June 6, 2011, effectively launching the Transparent Pricing Initiative in Zambia, the goal of which is to publish comparable cost data on microfinance products to help poor people make informed decisions when borrowing.

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    Countries: Zambia
    Category: External Media
    Tags: MFT Event, Pricing Initiatives
  • MFTransparency Launches Microfinance Transparent Pricing Initiative in Guinea Bissau, Tanzania

    Published on May 31, 2011

    MicroCapital: MFTransparency recently announced plans to expand its Transparent Pricing Initiative to Guinea Bissau and Tanzania with the objective of collecting and publishing pricing data for microfinance products offered in each country and providing training on financial literacy for microfinance clients.

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    Countries: Guinea Bissau, Tanzania
    Category: External Media
    Tags: Data Collection, enab APR&EIR, MFT Event, Pricing Initiative
  • Putting Transparency into Practice: Communicating About Pricing

    Published on May 24, 2011

    Smart Campaign: This new tool, a collaboration of MFTransparency and the Smart Campaign, describes how financial service providers observe the principle of transparency, current resources that exist to help providers understand and communicate their prices to clients, and information on where providers can find more information.

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    Category: External Media
    Tags: Responsible Finance, Understanding Prices