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Best Practices | September 1, 2001

Principled Practices in Microfinance

CRS has a niche in the microfinance industry, but we can lose sight, from time to time, of why we do what we do. This guide reminds us of the bigger "why." It has two purposes for two audiences: First, it is an attempt to get those who are consumed with the "here and now" to glance up and remember why we are in the business of microfinance. Second, it spells out to newcomers, or even seasoned practitioners new to CRS, the principles that guide our work.


  • Section 1: The Big Picture

  • Section 2: The Microfinance Sector

  • Section 3: The Six Microfinance Principles

  • Final Thoughts