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This paper examines a Community Banking Scheme set up in Nigeria in 1991, in terms of its financial capabilities – `deposit mobilisation capability, and the value and ratio of its loan portfolio’ – and considers four examples of its non-banking development functions. The author believes community banks have much development potential, and, while stating that the Scheme `has had mixed achievements’, argues that the growth of non-banking facilities, and increased collaboration with self-help groups or NGOs, should lead to greater success.

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