This has been the truth for years. The MFIs have money to publicise success while the undebted villagers try to hide from telling the truth in fear of losing the chance to take more loans.
No need to conduct a study to know that the villagers can’t pay the interests : they can’t find market for their products; they can’t pay for medical care; they can ‘t pay for their children’s school fees.
Migrant workers send money home to help pay their parents’ debts.
As long as debts are paid, that is what MFIs care about.
This is the issue I cover at each Meet Your MP
Meet Your MP in Battambang