MSME Finance Projects Advisory services to a microfinance institution in Myanmar


  • Advisory services to a microfinance institution in Myanmar

    Myanmar Microfinance Project was launched by IFC in 2014 to improve financial access to low-income households by enhancing the capacities of the microfinance sector at the institutional levels. In this context, IFC commissioned MicroSave to provide advisory services to Proximity Finance, an NGO MFI, to design an enterprise loan product, for which the MicroSave team undertook the following tasks
    • Conducted market research to appraise the enterprise lending landscape and identify gaps in the market
    • Developed a product concept for a loan product and refined it to design the final product
    • Designed processes, including lending and delivery methodology, and produced a credit manual and an operations manual
    • Established credit underwriting, risk, control, accounting, audit and review functions
    • Developed training manuals for institutional capability building, and trained the staff
    • Designed communication material for all staff (head office, back office and front office)


  • Despite criticism over high interest rates, over-indebtedness and little to no impact on poverty alleviation, microcredit has reached impressive and continued growth worldwide. For long, behavioural economists opined that microcredit mechanisms work as behavioural levers on the same features...

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  • In this presentation, Anup Singh domain leader of SME Finance domain at MicroSave highlights the key opportunities for the banks in enhancing access to finance to SMEs and also retaining customers through provision of non-financial services. Amongst other things, the focus is on use of...

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