The development world has long embraced micro-finance, and there is a lot of hype about micro-entrepreneurs, but what exactly is a micro-franchise?

A micro-what?

Micro-franchising “has its roots in traditional franchising, which is the practice of copying a successful business and replicating it at another location by following a consistent set of well-defined processes and procedures.” CARE Bangladesh’s social enterprise Krishi Utsho demonstrates how micro-franchises can complement traditional market-based approaches to ending poverty.

Krishi Utsho  

In technical terms, Krishi Utsho  could be referred to as an “agro-input micro-franchise network.” Less densely, Krishi Utsho is a system of stores, all linked by a common brand but owned by individuals, which sell products like feed, seed or veterinary medicines to farmers. Think McDonald’s but with higher social impact.

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