Corporate/MFI Partnerships that are Profitable for the Corporation, the MFI, and the Clients
The purpose of this paper is to present examples of how microfinance institutions, corporations, and private sector strategies can be applied to overcome the challenges of poverty alleviation. Examples from corporate/MFI relationships will be provided as well as an in-depth analysis of how micro-franchising, as a solution to poverty alleviation, can work and should work in concert with existing service and product platforms. These platforms include: microfinance institutions, consumer products providers, information services providers, among others. Examples are drawn primarily from the experiences of Scojo Foundation, a leading social enterprise which utilizes a micro-franchise approach to product and service distribution.
This paper has argued that micro-franchising and macro-franchising have the potential, and in some cases have proven that they are capable of adding tremendous value to development efforts. Through streamlined delivery mechanisms, bundled products and services, and new forms of financing, micro-franchising and macro-franchising should be considered as a valuable tool in the fight against poverty which microfinance institutions, their clients, and other partners should consider.