This article highlights the need for flexibility in microfinance. It identifies problems inherent in the standard microfinance model, suggests options for flexible lending and points out challenges to implementing flexibility.
The article studies standard microfinance models and describes how innovative changes to the model can increase flexibility and improve quality of services. It discusses how lack of flexibility has limited the outreach of microfinance. The article illustrates how different elements of flexibility can be implemented in the current structure of microfinance. Examples include: