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dc.creatorGonzález Vega, Claudioen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper describes the experience of FINCA-Costa Rica and derives lessons from it about providing financial services to low-income rural producers. The evolution of FINCA illustrates a progression from a paternalistic toward a modern vision of microfinance. The paper first discusses the difficulties of providing financial services to poor rural households and firms. It emphasizes information, incentive, and enforcement issues and unsuccessful attempts to overcome these problems through government intervention. It also analysis the costs of financial transactions in rural environments. FINCA has confronted these challenges with much success, through local organizations known as bancomunales. Flexibility and the search of self-sufficiency have been key features of the program.en_US
dc.format.extentPages: 18en_US
dc.publisherOhio State University. Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economicsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesOhio State University. Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. ESO (Economics and Sociology Occasional Paper). No. 2246en_US
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dc.titleFINCA-Costa Rica: Lessons in Financing Rural Microenterprisesen_US
dc.type.genreWorking Paperen_US

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