Guatemala Needs Standards for Microfinance

A law regulating the microfinance market would open the opportunity to capture savings that currently can only be done through cooperatives and banks.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


The article by Byron Dardón in, reports that the bill on microfinance is expected this year and has the support of the Financial Inclusion Program of the Treasury of the United States, which promotes the adoption in Latin American countries of market governing rules.

The Guatemalan microfinance market analysis indicates that currently, "the Network of Microfinance Institutions of Guatemala (REDIMIF) has 125.000 customers in 15 affiliated institutions built to handle about 104.000 credits per year."

Walter Reynolds, director of the Network of Microfinance Institutions of Guatemala (REDIMIF) reported that more than half of the Guatemalan microfinance loans are trade (50.2%), housing 19.4%, 14,7% agriculture, 9.3% small industries, 4% services , 0.6% for consumption and the rest for other activities.

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A warning has been given that 44% of microfinance clients are overindebted and that a change is required in the regulation in order to reverse the situation.

A study prepared by Grupo Analítica, SA for the Network of Microfinance Institutions of Guatemala (Redimif) said that the main problem behind the high level of indebtedness is the poverty that affects most of the debtors, many of whom live in the poorest departments, such as Totonicapan, Suchitepequez, Quetzaltenango, Zacapa and Sacatepéquez.

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Despite a less favorable macro-economic environment, the credit portfolio of the micro-finance sector in Central America grew 28% in 2007 in comparison to the previous year.

Reynold Walter, president of the Central American Network of Micro-Finance Institutions (Redcamif), reported that in 2007 some 99 micro-finance institutions from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama granted loans worth US$676.6 million to 814,344 micro-businesses.

Nicaragua: Recovery in Microfinance

June 2015

Nearly three years after the crisis caused by the No Pago movement, the sector is growing at an annual rate of 12%, driven by traditional credit, micro-insurance, and health services.

The microfinance sector is beginning its gradual and cautious return to agriculture, the sector most affected by the No Payment Movement, and is taking risks in projects by small agritourism farms.

Microcredit Grows in Guatemala

April 2012

Between 2010 and 2011 the microfinance portfolio increased by 23%, going from $84 million to $104 million, averaging $529 per loan.

From the Journal of the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala:

Microfinance institutions in Guatemala maintain a dynamic support for the development and growth of thousands of micro and small businesses around the country, especially in rural areas.

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