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AN INVESTIGATION OF THE PERFORMANCE OF COOPERATIVE THRIFT AND CREDIT SOCIETIES IN FINANCING SMALL-SCALE BUSINESSES IN NIGERIA
This study investigated the performance of Cooperative Thrift and Credit Societies in financing small-scale businesses and identified the problems confronting CTCS in providing finances to small-scale businesses. This was with a view to providing information on the role of CTCS in the development and growth of small-scale businesses.Primary data involving the administration of questionnaire was utilized for the study. The instrument elicited information on the socio-demographic background of the cooperative leaders and small-scale entrepreneurs, the sources of funds to CTCS, sources of finance available to small-scale businesses and problems encountered by the CTCS in financing small-scale business. Data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics.The result of the study showed that CTCS has performed creditably well in providing funds to small-scale businesses. On the problems facing the CTCS in financing small-scale businesses of its members: inadequate fund (69.2%) and poor loan recovery (52.5%) were identified as the recurrent, while economic downturn (25.0%); bad leadership (15.8%); misappropriation of small-scale business capital (12.5%); poor accounting system (8.3%) and poor state of infrastructure (4.2%) are regarded as other problems facing the CTCS in financing small-scale businesses. The study concluded that in general, membership of CTCS by entrepreneurs had a positive impact on the growth and development of small-scale businesses in Nigeria.
Keywords: Keywords, cooperative thrift and credit society, small-scale business