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Microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank. (Spencer Platt/Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank. (Spencer Platt/Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Microfinance by the numbers Add to ...

154.8 million Total number of microloan clients around the world as of the end of 2007

13.5 million Microloan clients in 1997

106.6 million Microloan recipients living on less than $1 a day in 2007

533 million Number of people affected by microloans worldwide, when family members are included, as of 2007

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1,893 Number of microfinance institutions worldwide last year

$65-billion (U.S.) Size of gross microloan portfolio globally last year

98.95% Repayment rate among borrowers at Kiva.org, the world's first personal microlending website

$381.32 Average loan size at Kiva.

26% Average interest rate for a microloan (though some in Mexico have hit 90 per cent)

Sources: Microcredit Summit Campaign; Microfinance Information Exchange, Kiva.org, CGAP

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