This volume presents a comprehensive analysis of microfinance initiatives in India. Through substantive field research and case studies ranging across the country, it examines Indian microfinance within its distinct socio-economic realities — the role of women, financial inclusion, rural entrepreneurship, and innovation — its interactions with multiple institutions, the challenges, as well as future directions.

chapter 1|41 pages

Vignettes in Transformation

Indian Microfinance since the 1990s
ByTara S. Nair

chapter 2|27 pages

SHG Intermediation and Women’s Agency

A View fom Tamil Nadu
ByK. Kalpana

chapter 3|18 pages

The Transformational Potential of Microfinance

Two Case Studies
ByAnurekha Chari-Wagh

chapter 4|27 pages

Financial Inclusion of Microfinance Clients

A Village-level Study
ByD. Yeswanth

chapter 5|28 pages

Microfinance and the Dynamics of Financial Vulnerability

ByIsabelle Guérin, Marc Roesch, Santosh Kumar, G. Venkatasubramanian, Mariam Sangare

chapter 6|11 pages

Matching Finance with Client Needs

Some Pointers from a Field Study
BySavita Shankar

chapter 7|16 pages

Supporting Rural Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Beyond Microfinance
ByLina Sonne

chapter 8|11 pages

Microfinance and Cooperatives

An Overview
ByNavin Anand

chapter 9|11 pages

The Seen and the Unseen

Revisiting the Impact of SEWA Bank
ByMaren Duvendack

chapter 10|24 pages

Issues and Challenges before Liberal Microfinance Cooperatives

A Case Study*
ByTara S. Nair, Rutwik J. Gandhe