Financing Non-Farm Enterprises: Use of Sub-Sector Analysis in The Gambia
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
Series/Report no.:Ohio State University. Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. ESO (Economics and Sociology Occasional Paper). No. 2181
The focus of this study is the financing of non-farm manufacturing enterprises in low income countries. The research utilized sub-sector analysis to examine how linkages among firms, especially for input purchase and output sales, simultaneously determine the financial structure of the firm. The study revealed important differences in the sources of financing among four manufacturing sub-sectors in a sample of 153 micro and small scale enterprises in The Gambia. Implications of the study suggest that if formal intervention schemes are necessary, then providing support through economic subs-sectors may be a most efficient method to reach small enterprises.