Entrepreneurial and business skills and loan repayment rates of microfinance clients in Ghana

Daniel Agbeko*, Vincent Block, Onno Omta, G. van der Velde

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Entrepreneurial and business skills are generally considered key to microbusiness success, hence to Microfinance Institution (MFI) clients’ loan repayment as well. However, empirical evidence is largely lacking, and where present, it is inconclusive on the importance of these skills for microfinance success. The present paper uses objective MFI loan repayment data to empirically test whether loan repayment rates positively correlate with self-evaluations on entrepreneurial and business skills of loan clients. A survey was conducted among 235 loan clients of uniCredit — an MFI in Ghana. We establish that MFI clients’ self-evaluation of their entrepreneurial and business skills are not related to their loan repayment rates. However, we observe that women repay their loans better than do male microbusiness entrepreneurs, and loan repayment was also better for those entrepreneurs with more than 15 years of business experience.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Developmental Entrepreneurship
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • business
  • client
  • Entrepreneur
  • loan
  • microfinance
  • skills

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