Microenterprise Support within Community Development Financial Institutions

January 1, 2003  • Charles Waterfield & Jeremy Black

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This free report describes the scale and significance of microenterprise lending within the CDFI industry. Key findings include that microenterprise lending is a small portion of CDFI industry activity; that only 20% of the participating CDFIs have more than 10% of their loans to the microenterprise sector; and that microenterprise lending tends to be done predominately by specialist organizations structured as non-profit loan funds. This report is the first from FIELD to systematically document microenterprise support in the CDFI industry, based on data collected under the national CDFI Data Project.