n African Finance Journal - Problems affecting the growth of microfinance institutions in Tanzania




This paper examines the factors that inhibit growth in the microfinance sector in Tanzania by measuring the perceptions about such issues among Microfinance Institutions (MFIs). The most important include the educational levels of clients, lack of capital to lend to clients and staff related incentives and skills development. These findings indicate phenomena that deserve consideration from legislators. Also prominent is the dual nature of the finance sector, with the conventional banking institutions experiencing factors differently to the Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOs), which by their nature have a lower cost structure and have better information about their own clients, but lack sufficient access to loan capital.


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