United Prosperity (organisation)

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United Prosperity
United Prosperity logo.png
FoundedMay 2009; 10 years ago (2009-05)
FocusEconomic development
Location
Area served
Worldwide
MethodMicrocredit
Websiteunitedprosperity.org

United Prosperity is a not-for-profit Web-based microcredit organisation.[1]

Unlike most microcredit or person-to-person lending organisations, United Prosperity does not directly lend to the micro-entrepreneur, but instead the micro-loans are used to provide a guarantee to a local bank, which lends to the micro-entrepreneur. Typically the local bank will lend about twice the amount provided by the micro-lender's guarantee, thus providing greater leverage than traditional micro-credit.[2]

Another claimed benefit of this approach is that the micro-entrepreneur develops a relationship and, most importantly, a credit history with their local bank, enabling the micro-entrepreneur to become independent of the micro-lenders in the long term.[3] A criticism of traditional microcredit models is that they can create a long-term dependency between the micro-lenders and the micro-entrepreneur as the micro-entrepreneur never builds a relationship with local banks.[4]

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