Journal of Microfinance / ESR Review


Only a few studies so far have focused on the relationship between effective training and technical assistance, and client success at starting, stabilizing, or expanding a business. The Aspen Institute's Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning, and Dissemination (FIELD) project selected five U.S. microenterprise organizations to increase the industry's understanding of what makes for effective training and technical assistance. What follows is a summary of key findings in two categories: those that address the relationship between the characteristics of clients and their business success, and those that address the relationship of business skills training and client success.


Caroline Glackin is the Executive Director of the First State Community Loan Fund, a Delaware Community Development Financial Institution with small business, microenterprise, housing, and community development lending and Individual Development Accounts (IDA) programs. She is a doctoral candidate in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware. Caroline earned an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.



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Journal of Microfinance

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