Top Ten Microfinance Books

We chose five. In no particular order. You choose the other five:

1. Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, and Orlanda Ruthven “Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day

2. Amartya Sen “Development as Freedom

3. Ananya Roy “Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development

4. Hugh Sinclair “Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic

5. David Roodman “Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance

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2 Responses to “Top Ten Microfinance Books

  • Banker To The Poor should be here too.

  • My vote definitely goes to #5 Due Diligence but I would warn folks that it’s better for someone who wants to get in the weeds. Banker to the Poor, recommended by Molly, is a great first introductory book written by Yunus who is probably the most publicly recognizable figure from microfinance. My last plug would be for #1 Portfolios of the Poor which helps give a much more nuanced picture of how poor borrowers making rational decisions could take loans from both microfinance institutions and moneylenders depending on their needs at the time.

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