Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2007 (Revised April 2007)

Banca Regional Andino: Facing the Globalization of Microfinance

by Michael Chu and Jean Hazell


Three leading Latin American microfinance banks join forces to face the new challenges of globalization, competition, and politics while common shareholder ACCION investments considers its options. From an initial project to share costs in the revamping of their IT systems, the Banca Regional Andino develops into the possibility of a common operating platform across three separate institutions, BancoSol of Bolivia, Mibanco of Peru, and Banco Solidario of Ecuador. The Banca Regional is a response to forces that the banks perceive as potentially threatening to their long history of success. In the process, presents the evolution of the national microfinance markets of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru within the context of global microfinance.

Keywords: History; Microfinance; Competitive Strategy; Globalization; Problems and Challenges; Growth and Development; Bolivia; Ecuador; Peru;


Chu, Michael, and Jean Hazell. "Banca Regional Andino: Facing the Globalization of Microfinance." Harvard Business School Case 307-060, February 2007. (Revised April 2007.)