The Microfinance Certificate is designed to provide a practical overview and leverage a deeper understanding of the challenges and processes required to achieve business-readiness for anyone joining the microfinance industry.


The course is designed to help participants learn about sustainable microfinance in terms of principles and good practices as they are applied by worldwide institutions today. It provides a comprehensive overview of the microeconomic fundamentals and how microfinance activities are implemented, evaluated, and managed. It will also help individuals gain greater insight into microfinance practices.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Describe the concept and principles of microfinance;

  • Identify issues that hinder the success of microfinance in their country;

  • Explain to a group of would-be operators of microenterprises and small businesses the significant components of microfinance such as financial instruments and lending methodologies, performance evaluation and management, and preparing financial statements;

  • Appraise the state of microfinance in their respective country; and

  • Recommend positive approaches that will facilitate the poor’s access to financial services.

Content and Structure

The course consists of the following modules:

  • Module 1: The World of Microfinance

  • Module 2: Financial Analysis

  • Module 3: Financial Instruments and Lending Methodologies in Microfinance

  • Module 4: Measuring Performance and Future Growth of Microfinance

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