Micro-finance is a broad category of services, which includes micro-loans/microcredit. Microcredit is provision of credit services to poor clients.
From wikipedia: Microcredit is the extension of very small loans (microloans) to impoverished borrowers who typically lack collateral, steady employment and a verifiable credit history. It is designed not only to support entrepreneurship and alleviate poverty, but also in many cases to empower women and uplift entire communities by extension. In many communities, women lack the highly stable employment histories that traditional lenders tend to require. Many are illiterate, and therefore unable to complete paperwork required to get conventional loans. As of 2009 an estimated 74 million men and women held microloans that totalled US$38 billion. Grameen Bank reports that repayment success rates are between 95 and 98 per cent.
Kiva.org is a great example of microcredit that I have participated as an individual since December 26, 2006, and with the OneGoodWorld team since February 9, 2009.
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