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Documents the understanding of the sustainability of the Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) gained through a mixed-methods research investigation
Answers pertinent questions to enable Indian MFIs to march towards efficient and sustainable operations without losing focus on their clients
Contains findings to revive lost hope for the Indian microfinance industry at a time of crisis
For any practicing social entrepreneur, building a sustainable organization that stands the test of time remains a formidable challenge. Using a mixed-methods research approach, this book investigates, specifically in the Indian context, the concept of sustainability in one of the most celebrated form of social enterprises of our times — Microfinance Institutions (MFIs). What are the determinants and discriminants for the sustainability of Indian MFIs? How are these factors being managed by operationally efficient Indian MFIs that remained sustainable at reasonable interest rates, even before the onset of the crisis and imposition of ceilings in Indian microfinance markets? What does the Indian microfinance crisis teach us about sustainability management and mismanagement? The discussion centred on these questions, depicts sustainability to be a strategic issue that needs managerial attention and not left to serendipity.
At a time when the industry is recovering from the adverse effects of a crisis and questions the fixed interest rate imposed by regulators, the findings mentioned in the book revive the lost hope for the Indian microfinance industry. By deciphering the strategies used by efficient and sustainable MFIs and discussing the lessons that the crisis has imparted to the Indian microfinance markets, this book enables Indian MFIs to march towards efficient and sustainable operations, without losing focus on their clients.
1: Introduction.- 2: Literature Review.- 3: Research Objectives and Design.- 4: Quantitative Phase: Identification of Factors Affecting and Discriminating Sustainability.- 5: Intermediate Participant Selection Phase: Assessment of Efficiency and Sustainability.- 6: Qualitative Phase: Management of Factors Affecting and Discriminating Sustainability.- 7: Dangers in Mismanaging the Factors Affecting and Discriminating Sustainability: An Exploration into Indian Microfinance Crisis.- 8: Summary of Findings, Implications and Conclusion.- Appendices.- A1: Operational Definition and Distinction between Operational Self-Sustainability Ratio, Financial Self-Sustainability Ratio and Subsidy Dependence Index.- A2: Charnes, Cooper & Rhodes Model and Banker, Charnes & Cooper Model Formulation.- A3: Interview Guide.- A4: Summary of the Qualitative Data Collected During the Interviews.- A5: Group Formation Process in Fourteen Days.