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Microfinance | English Lesson

Nov 29, 2021

Today, our topic is microfinance.

Here is the Vocabulary: It is a much longer list today. Listen closely, and listen to this section a few times if you need to!

Microfinance: this refers to the financial services provided to low-income individuals or groups who are typically excluded from traditional banking.

Working capital: money that the entrepreneur can use for day-to-day operations, or purchase transport or equipment.

Microcredit: A part of the field of microfinance, microcredit is the provision of credit services to low-income entrepreneurs. Another way to say microcredit is microloan.

Collateral: Something offered as security for the repayment of the loan.

Unbanked: A term used to describe the world’s working poor who are outside of the formal banking sector.

Microentrepreneur: Micro entrepreneurs are people who own small-scale businesses that are known as microenterprises.

Financial Inclusion: Financial inclusion happens when people have access to a range of banking products at affordable prices.

Group Lending: Group Lending happens when a group of people makes a collective repayment promise.

Sponsors: An individual who supports a borrower.

I also want to remind you of a word you learned on last week's podcast “Pledge”. Remember? To pledge means  “to promise”.

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