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Developing a Typology of Nonprofit Microenterprise Programs in the United States
Vol. Volume 3, Number 2 September/1998

Margaret Johnson
Using case studies and interviews with practitioners and researchers, this paper develops a typology of microenterprise programs in the United States. The dimensions of organizational mission, characteristics of client populations, lending practices, and training opportunities form a typology that represents the diversity of programs. The typology identifies three major program types: empowerment-oriented, economic development-oriented, and multipurpose. Uses of the typology include describing the population of microenterprise programs, discussing issues of impact, effectiveness, and program sustainability, and avenues for research.

Keywords: microenterprise, microcredit, nonprofit, sustainability, entrepreneurship, economic development