Senior Honors Theses

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School of Business


Business Administration


Microfinance, Banking, Business Models, Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurs, Female Entrepreneurs, Empowerment, Nonprofit, Poverty, World Poverty, Poverty Alleviation, Vocational Education, Microcredit, Grameen Bank, Micro-loans, Ultra-poor


Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Business and Corporate Communications | Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics | Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations | Finance and Financial Management | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | International and Intercultural Communication | International Business | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Nonprofit Administration and Management | Vocational Education


Poverty is a major problem that reaches millions of people around the world. Although many organizations and individuals work daily to combat this, much of the work done to reduce poverty lacks sustainability and serves only to remedy to the effects of poverty, rather than create a solution to the causes of poverty. Microfinance can be very basically defined as the provision of banking to the impoverished who would not otherwise have access to these services. This purpose of this thesis is to show that microfinance is the ideal solution to the poverty problem by using research and evidence from case studies. This thesis also contains analyses of these studies with the purpose of discovering best practices in microfinance.