This lesson will provide the tools necessary to determine the break-even point for a borrower activity, for an income-generating project or for a micro-finance organization branch. Profitability can be forecast and managed when one knows: i) at what level of production a business will be able to cover all of its expenses; ii) what minimum product price is needed for the product to be viable at different levels of production; and iii) what happens if the financial estimate of costs and prices are changed.

You will learn how to calculate a break-even point for an income-generating activity and for a branch. Topics covered include:

  • Fixed costs
  • Variable costs
  • Contribution margin
  • Required break-even volume / revenue
  • Break-even portfolio size
reviewed & published
Ledgerwood, J.
finance - lesson 3
Mfi Management, Donors, Break-Even Point