Leveraging informal lending mechanisms to facilitate technology transfer and microenterprise in developing countries
- K. Hansen, J. J. Kim, S. Suffian and K. Mehta (2015). Technology in Society (Elsevier Ltd), 65-75
- Abstract: This article discusses how Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCAs or merry-go-rounds) can concurrently overcome four challenges faced by small enterprises in developing communities: access to financial capital, technology transfer, vertical and lateral knowledge transfer, and reliable market linkages. Based on primary data from Kenya, three models of partnership between ROSCAs and diverse external organizations are presented and compared against each other. These approaches are designed to help ROSCA groups engage in small enterprises, while creating business opportunities for agricultural technology manufacturers and the formal banking industry. The ultimate purpose of such collaborations is to improve rural livelihoods, strengthen food value chains, and foster food security. 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
- Theme: Community, Formal/Informal, Policy/support programmes
- Keywords: Informal lending, Micro enterprise, ROSCA, Social capital, Technology transfer, Developing countries, Financial markets, Food supply, Knowledge management, Agricultural technologies, Business opportunities, Developing communities, Knowledge transfer, Micro-enterprises, Social capitals, accessibility, capital flow, credit provision, developing world, industrial investment, informal sector, lending behavior, microenterprise, savings, Kenya
- Reference type: Journal Article
- Geographic location: Kenya, Africa, Global South