This study investigates the extent and nature of the obstacles to financing faced by micro, small, and medium-sized firms (MSMEs) in Suriname, and does so from a small-state perspective.
It is motivated by the sheer lack of studies on this topic for Suriname, while there are indications that obstacles to financing suppress the growth of MSMEs. Moreover, despite a rich existing literature on such obstacles with regard to MSMEs, the small-state perspective remains under-researched – as does the issue of potential determinants of obstacles to financing such as ethnicity, religion, and networks.
Finally, micro firms have been excluded from the available international surveys on Suriname, while this category of firms actually has the largest share of Suriname’s firm population.