Developing a Typology of Nonprofit Microenterprise Programs in the United States
Vol. Volume 3, Number 2 September/1998
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.
microenterprise, microcredit, nonprofit, sustainability, entrepreneurship, economic development