Assessing the Relative Poverty of Clients and Non-Clients of Non-Bank Micro-finance Institutions in Tanzania: The Case of the Dar es Salaam and Coast Regions

"The overall objective of this study was to critically assess the relative poverty level of clients and non-clients of non-bank MFIs in Tanzania by using CGAP’s Poverty Assessment tool. The end results of this study wish to answer the question as to what degree nonbank MFIs in Dar es Salaam and Coast regions that have poverty alleviation related mission are reaching the poor segments of their target communities. The results are expected to give MFIs much food for thought where they may need to either re-define their mission/objectives and/or refocus their target markets and interventions to meet their poverty reduction goals. The results may also provide a useful means to verify both for the donor and the MFI the extent to which an existing strategy results in poor clients joining the MFI."