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Impacts of Microfinance Initiatives on Children

Impacts of Microfinance Initiatives on Children
MEDA and Partners in Technology Exchange (PTE) co-authored Impacts of Microfinance Initiatives on Children, a DFATD-commissioned study that examined the impacts of microfinance activities on children in Egypt, Bolivia, Tanzania and India. The 2007 report found that children were actively engaged in many, if not most, of the microenterprises examined. Study findings suggest that children play an important role in the initial growth of family enterprises that begin to access credit through microfinance institutions. Engagement in a family or non-family business allows children to acquire new technical, business and life skills that can lead them to a future business career, though risks to children must be minimized for these benefits to be realized.