Informal Lending Practices and Profitability of Rice Retailers in Borongan City

Authors

  • Timothy Freth Lagria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.54536/ajaset.v5i2.97

Keywords:

Lending practices, profitability, rice retailing

Abstract

This correlational study explored the relationship between informal lender’s practices and profitability of fifty-three (53) rice retailers in city of Borongan using a researcher-made-three part questionnaire on the business profile, level of practices among informal lenders and weekly income of the respondents. Data were sourced out from rice retailers who lent sum of money from “5-6” informal lenders, and were utilized using descriptive and inferential analysis test at .05 level of significance. Findings revealed that Majority of the respondents had been in the middle years of retailing business, used an average initial capital sourced out from their personal savings and are earning an average weekly income. The respondents’ perceived that informal lenders assess clients’ financial needs and willingness to pay without requiring collateral from them and that rice-retailers reloan due to fast processing of funds and the great customer service. Using regression analysis, year in business was found to be a significant predictor of increase in the profitability of rice retailing services. While, no significant relationship was seen between the rice retailers’ weekly net income and the level of practice among informal lenders. The researcher recommends that government and non-government agencies to provide intervention that will improve the microbusiness enterprise in the market using the help of informal and formal lending institutions and that wider scope of the study should be made to include other small business sectors that are affected by informal lenders.

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2021-11-11

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Lagria, T. F. (2021). Informal Lending Practices and Profitability of Rice Retailers in Borongan City. American Journal of Agricultural Science, Engineering and Technology, 5(2), 229–244. https://doi.org/10.54536/ajaset.v5i2.97