ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Microfinance: Lessons from a Crisis

The rural distress in Andhra Pradesh has been more than evident in reported incidents of farmers' suicides and hunger deaths. The incidence of indebtedness, particularly among small and marginal farming households in the state, is the highest in India. By passively encouraging microfinance institutions to expand without limits in a policy and institutional vacuum, the state had created the conditions for a crisis. This is the time for finding out the pros and cons of completely trusting a credit-based poverty reduction strategy to the neglect of more critical structural and institutional solutions.



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