Talk:Micro-enterprise

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Wikified as part of the Wikification wikiproject! JubalHarshaw 17:59, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

Hi BD2412: Thank you for the merge/redirect and clean up, Thats sevral of a growing number of things I need to learn here. (fealing quite the Nubee) R P ablecore 14:02, 17 January 2006 (UTC)

  •  :D Glad to help. You'll also want to add this article to a category or two. Cheers! BD2412 T 14:31, 17 January 2006 (UTC)

Done. Categories: Business | Disability. good sugestion. R P ablecore 15:49, 17 January 2006 (UTC)

Added: Plan for Achieving Self Support, section. for persons with Disabilitys seeking Micro-E oppertunitys R P ablecore 17:06, 17 January 2006 (UTC)

At least two of the external links have shut down. I would delete them, but they may have just changed addresses--someone knowledgeable should either delete them or fix them. Isaaclyman (talk) 00:53, 20 November 2010 (UTC)isaaclyman

The evolution of People-Centered Economic Development may be of interest/relevance here. It was deployed to source micro enterprise development in Russia from 1999 onward:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inclusive_capitalism#People-Centered_Economic_Development — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jeff.mowatt (talkcontribs) 16:53, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

Dr. Lay's comment on this article[edit]

Dr. Lay has reviewed this Wikipedia page, and provided us with the following comments to improve its quality:


The concepts of microenterprise and microfinance were pioneered in 1976 by Nobel Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank (Bank of the Poor), in Bangladesh. The bank was established for the purpose of making small loans to the poor − predominantly women – to help them obtain economic self-sufficiency. The fundamental principle behind the Grameen Bank is that credit is a human right. This strategy was highly effective as the bank grew exponentially; from fewer than 15,000 borrowers in 1980, Grameen Bank had 2.34 million members by 1998, 7.67 million at the end of 2008, 97% of whom are women, and 9.4 million today. [1]

It is not true that the concept of microenterprises has anything to do with microfinance. It just refers to very small, i.e. micro firms, and has been used in the literature/statistics much earlier than people ever came to know about microfinance.

A discussion on microentreprises should be more clearly linked to employment, or more precisely, self-employment (see http://www.ilo.org/global/statistics-and-databases/statistics-overview-and-topics/status-in-employment/current-guidelines/lang--en/index.htm).

For developing countries, there is a huge new empirical literature that looks into the characteristics and the performance of microenterprises. See, for example, Grimm, M., Knorringa, P., & Lay, J. (2012). Constrained gazelles: High potentials in West Africa’s informal economy. World Development, 40(7), 1352-1368.


We hope Wikipedians on this talk page can take advantage of these comments and improve the quality of the article accordingly.

We believe Dr. Lay has expertise on the topic of this article, since he has published relevant scholarly research:


  • Reference : Michael Grimm & Simon Lange & Jann Lay, 2011. "Credit-constrained in risky activities? The determinants of capital stocks of micro and small firms in Western Africa," Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 104, Courant Research Centre PEG.

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