Conceptualizing Microfinance Services, Government Regulation and Performance in the Context of Coffee Entrepreneurs: A Theoretical Review

  •  Mary Juliet Nakabugo    
  •  Stephen Muathe    
  •  Evans Mwasiaji    


Microfinance is a poverty reduction gadget since it offers financial assistance to those in need and therefore it is a game plan for uplifting small and medium enterprises. While it has been studied widely in the context of small and medium enterprises, little literature reflects coffee entrepreneurs. This paper, therefore, shows a review of existing theoretical and empirical literature on constructs of microfinance services, government regulations and performance in the context of coffee entrepreneurs. The specific objectives of the study were to discuss the key constructs, establish theories that link these constructs and then recommend a conceptual framework which guides future studies on the highlighted knowledge gaps. The study was anchored on resource-based view supported by, Harrod-Domar model, poverty alleviation and diffusion of innovation theories. The study was a desktop review, and the scores show that studies focused on a direct relationship between microfinance services and small and medium enterprises but did not incorporate coffee entrepreneurs and the moderating effect of government governments. It is therefore recommended that further research should include the context of coffee entrepreneurs to show the effects of microfinance on these entrepreneurs and the moderating variable of government regulations.

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