Unfolding the limitations faced by the poor due to lack of financial access, this note draws attention to the indicators for financial inclusion in the North Eastern states of India. It underlines the geographical diversity in the North East, highlighting the fact micro and small enterprises thrive in the region quite well and that they are mostly dependent on informal sources. It also gives a dismal picture of growth of microfinance in the North Eastern area. It suggests that a start up & capacity building fund, technical service providers, building institutional mechanisms for effective interventions, would lead to a better development of the North East Indian microfinance sector.

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