Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion


EaSI Technical Assistance study visit to Qredits – exploring an IT-driven microfinance business model

The European Commission is sponsoring a day-long study visit under the EaSI Technical Assistance programme to Qredits in Almelo, the Netherlands on 7 February.

Qredits is one of the more mature and sustainable organisations in the European microfinance sector and its business model attracts a lot of interest due to its dynamism and embrace of new technologies to increase efficiency.

Thus many European microfinance institutions (MFIs) are keen on learning from Qredits’ experience in general and more specifically their use of innovative techniques.

To satisfy this demand the European Commission is sponsoring a day-long study visit on 7 February. The event organisers expect to welcome participants from up to 10 MFIs, interested in improving their business model and reaching sustainability by further embracing technology.

All participants will be representatives from institutions already are selected as beneficiaries of EaSI Technical Assistance.

The morning of the visit will focus on the topic of sustainable business models, including the use of guarantees, the role of the government, cooperation with banks and intermediaries.

In addition, the audience will receive an introduction to Qredits products and services, as well as the services available through Qredits International. The afternoon will offer two additional sessions:

  1. Academy for entrepreneurs: complete and integrated programme
  2. Ready for upscaling? MicroNet: good practice of integrated credit workflow and credit scoring

The primary objective of this event is to promote good practice in relation to strategy and business models for MFIs, as well as in innovative techniques for offering business development services (BDS) based on Qredits’ experience.

In addition, the importance of strategic partners such as the government, banks, intermediaries or the European Commission will be discussed, as well as the role of technology in the current business model of the attending organisations.

European microfinance providers who are already selected as EaSI Technical Assistance beneficiaries can contact easi.ta@fs.de to receive more information about the event programme and registration.

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