Using Microfinance to Expand Access to Energy Services
"To carry out this research, SES and the SEEP Network invited MFIs in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to participate in an interactive held research program. With the help of an advisory group of energy and microfinance experts, a competitive selection process was used to select six MFIs, four from Asia and two from Africa for this research. Criteria for selection included things such as organizational commitment to sustainability, minimum years in energy lending, and current loan products for meeting client's energy needs. No MFIs from Latin America and the Caribbean responded to the invitation to take part in the held research program. Therefore, SES and the SEEP Network commissioned a desk study, augmented by telephone interviews, for a broad overview of what is happening in the Latin America and Caribbean region."