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Type Journal Article - Disability Studies Quarterly
Title Access to Mainstream Microfinance Services for Persons with Disabilities: Lessons Learned from Uganda
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Volume 29
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
URL http://www.dsq-sds.org/article/view/168/168
Abstract
This article reports from a pilot project in Uganda where the aim is to enable persons with disabilities to have access to mainstream microfinance services. Several lessons have already been learned: 1) entrepreneurs with disabilities are an untapped market opportunity for Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs); 2) to influence MFIs it is important to understand their business model and team up with key actors from the industry; 3) persons with disabilities are often misinformed about MFIs' terms and services and don't know how to tap these opportunities. Gradually a change in attitudes in MFIs and Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs) is observed. All MFIs participating in the project now report an increase in the number of clients with disabilities served. This is happening without the use of any economic incentives.

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