UNICONS is proud to have won the bid for this project after having competed with international firms in the bidding process conducted by the sponsor, the Sudan Microfinance Development Facility. The project aims to establish a MSC with the objective of increasing outreach of banks and financial institutions to poor clients and enhance access to finance by low income populations. The secondary objective will be to fully utilize the 12% of portfolio lending which banks are recommended by the Central Bank to dedicate to the microfinance sector. The project cycle is divided into 2 phases. Phase 1 entails first the conduct of a market and feasibility study requiring a survey of demand and supply for microfinance services in three selected localities within the Northern state. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies were adopted to obtain robust results covering the various relevant market research aspects. The market study will feed into a five year business and action plan complete with operational manuals an ...