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Micro Finance for Rural Development Course


The concept and role of microfinance for the social uplifting and rural development is well known. Micro financing involves the provision of financial services such as saving, loans and insurance to poor people who are unable to obtain such services from the formal banking system. Successful microfinance operations demonstrate that the poor repay their loans and are willing to pay higher interest rates if they can access credit. The poor also save, and hence, microfinance should provide them savings facilities. Attaining financial viability and sustainability is, however, a major institutional challenge. By the end of the course the participants should be able to:

  • Understand the special challenges of rural areas that are traditionally associated with rural and agricultural credit directed to the poor. 
  • Build a deeper understanding of the fundamental issues of rural finance. 
  • Have skills in conducting a rural and agricultural portfolio assessment and loan analysis – applying 5 C’s in rural finance. 
  • Be familiar with several innovative models and alternate ways of offering rural finance services. 
  • Gain skills in conducting seasonality analysis, preparing cash flows, assessing risk and appraising loans. 
  • Develop an understanding of new and innovative loan products and savings approaches for agriculture and rural areas. 
  • Gain awareness of sources and reference links to further information and support for addressing future challenges in the application of financial services in rural areas. 


3 days

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This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location.

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Tel: +254 (020) 211 3814.

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Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 10th June 2019

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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

  1. Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.
  2. No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 3 Days
Event Date 17-06-2019
Event End Date 19-06-2019
Cut off date 10-06-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 45,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 606
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 600
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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