Posted Aug 6th 2010 at 8:01 am
As the Central Illinois 9/12 Project has briefly written about in the past, one form of banking in which Shorebank is engaged is microfinance, especially in foreign countries. As this is not a type of finance that is well known to the general public, we will discuss briefly what microfinancing is, how it is used in conjunction with green initiatives and Sharia law, and how Shorebank is using this type of financing in their banking processes.
The Consultive Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) defines microfinance as simply “the supply of loans, savings, and other basic financial services to the poor.” These loans are generally relatively small, but carry with them a high interest rate due to costs incurred by defaulting on loans and the transaction costs that are disproportionate to the size of the loan. (The cost of manpower and other factors needed to make the loan are the same regardless of the size of the loan – thus for smaller loans, the percentage of these costs in relation to the amount of the loan is greater.) Specifically, the microfinancing industry enables people to receive loans when they would not otherwise be able to do so, whether due to poverty, lack of a bank account, inability to provide collateral, and/or inability to prove employment. In 2007, there were 873 microfinance institutions worldwide serving more than 133 million loan recipients.
August 6, 2010 | Categories: Corruption in Government, Financial Sector, Media Corruption, Most Americans Reject Socialism, New Media News | Tags: Afghanistan, ARIES, Bangladesh, bank, banking, carbon footprint, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, credit, finance, Grameen, Grameen Bank, Grameencredit, green, green agenda, green initiative, islam, loan, microcredit, microfinance, microloan, Mohammed Yumus, muslim, Obama, sharia, Sharia compliant, ShoreBank, USAID, YurtCozy | 1 Comment »