Impact of Microfinance on the Performance of Small-Scale Agribusinesses in Malawi: A Case Study of PRIDE Malawi Limited in Lilongwe District

Access to finance is one of the major constraints to the growth of small scale enterprises in Malawi. This study is analysing the performance of agribusiness enterprises that are accessing microfinance facilities in Malawi. In addition, the study will identify and analyse the products/services provided by the microfinance institutions. The study will also identify and explore the challenges faced by both microfinance institutions and their clients. The aim of the study is to establish the impact of microfinance on the performance of micro agribusinesses in Malawi, based on their growth, sales volume, profits, and size of stock, among others. The study will be conducted in Lilongwe, Malawi with a case of PRIDE Malawi, which is one of the first Microfinance institutions which started its operations in the year 2000.
L’accès au financement est l’un des principaux obstacles à la croissance des petites entreprises au Malawi. Cette étude analyse la performance des entreprises agro-industrielles qui accèdent aux facilités des microcrédits au Malawi. En outre, l’étude devrait permettre d’identifier et d’analyser les produits / services fournis par les institutions de microcrédit. L’étude devra également identifier et explorer les défis rencontrés par les institutions de microcrédit et leurs clients. Le but de cette étude est de déterminer l’impact de microcrédit sur la performance des entreprises micro agroalimentaires au Malawi, en fonction de leur croissance, du volume des ventes, des bénéfices et de la taille du stock entre autres. L’étude sera menée à Lilongwe, au Malawi avec un cas de PRIDE Malawi, qui est l’une des premières institutions de microcrédit qui ont commencé ses opérations en 2000.
Extended Abstract for Cross Cutting Fields
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Southern Africa
RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants.  This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Cross Cutting Fields.