Microfinance and Economic Development in Latin America

Utilizes case study methods, student presentations, discussion groups, and research to illustrate effective methods of microfinance as a poverty-alleviating tool. Offers students an opportunity to embark on extensive research on microfinance institutions. Includes a field experience component in Latin America, which involves identifying village banking sites, meeting with entrepreneurs, interviewing applicants or potential borrowers, assisting with microbusiness start-ups, and distributing microfinance loan capital in the creation of a village bank system.