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Microfinance in Cambodia : taking the sector to the next level (Khmer)

In recent years, the microfinance sector in Cambodia has played a leading role in expanding the reach of the financial sector to the rural poor. The sector has experienced rapid growth over the last five years, reaching over a million borrowers and more than 520,000 savers in 24 provinces. By the end of 2008, the total loan portfolio in Cambodia was almost US$440 million while deposits were more than US$490 million. Despite the tremendous success of microfinance in Cambodia, the sector still faces challenges that include a legal framework limiting the ability of MFIs to diversify products and services, and the high cost of funding that prevents MFIs from achieving their potential in helping to develop the rural economy as well as the country as a whole. For MFIs to achieve their potential to serve more clients, they need to be able to offer a wider range of products and services, to access local currency and to reduce their costs of funds so as to remain commercially sustainable, while serving the lower end of the market. This business issues bulletin discusses two key areas that could help MFIs to achieve their goals: i) new products and services that would help the sector to grow while at the same time providing clients in rural areas with needed services; and (ii) a better business environment and legal framework.


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    Microfinance in Cambodia : taking the sector to the next level

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Microfinance in Cambodia : taking the sector to the next level (Khmer). Business issues bulletin Cambodia ; no. 17 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.