Master of Arts (MA)
Latin American Studies (Arts and Sciences)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Richard Weisskoff - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Steve Stein - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Marten Brienen - Committee Member
Peru's microfinance market is dynamic and is comprised of a plethora of financial institutions that offer numerous microfinance services. With increasingly more institutions adding microfinance to their loan portfolio, and with no interest rate cap on microloans in Peru, what impact will this growing market have on the poor? In the past, microfinance institutions (MFIs) have had clients abuse the system, but increased transparency between microfinance institutions and new managing practices are now used to minimize adverse selection. Yet as the microfinance market expands with more large banks gaining control how are borrowers, particularly the most vulnerable, going to be impacted? This, paper evaluates the dynamics of how microfinance institutions have emerged and evolved throughout Latin America and then introduces an atypical model, the Uniones de Credito y Ahorro (UNICA). Six UNICA programs from rural villages outside Cayaltí are evaluated using both aggregate loan data that measures the frequency of loan use in the village, and surveys with open-ended response questions to bring in UNICA members' perspective. With the data collected this paper attempts to understand the diverse factors that make the UNICA approach different from the traditional Latin American model. And ultimately strives to discover whether the UNICA model provides distinctive benefits to the borrowers and the financial markets that are not provided by traditional Latin American MFI models.
Microfinance; Microcredit; Peru; Development
de la Torre, Gabriela Raisa, "A Micro Approach to Microfinance: A Case Study on the Uniones de Credito y Ahorro in Rural Villages in Peru" (2010). Open Access Theses. Paper 78.