Microenterprise Development Review: Volume 4 : No. 1 : July, 2001
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Nowhere in the Americas is microfinance as far advanced as in Bolivia. Using the examples of BancoSol, Caja los Andes and FIE -Bolivia's three largest microfinance institutions- this article describes challenges microfinance has faced from economic recession and borrower revolts; how it stacks up against the rest of the banking sector; and how the industry evolved under those pressures. Finally, the article speculates where Bolivian microfinance, and the microfinance industry in general, may be headed.