Help in a Global Scale – Microfinance Loans!
February 19, 2018
Christmas is at the corner and once again we remember our social responsibility to help ones who need help. Although this should be our habit, but to be perfectly honest most of us (including myself) get lost into fast pace of life (and work) and sometimes even forget the whole purpose of our life.
The last course that I took in my MBA was about Investment. I think out of all different topics we went through the most interesting one was Microfinance.
The term microfinance covers the provision of financial services as a whole to the poor. This includes microcredit, microinsurances and savings too. The best example of Microfinance has been given by Nobel Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus in Bangladesh.
What is now Grameen bank started with an experiment by Prof. Yunus in 1976 to lend his own money to the poor villagers of Jobra and turned small entrepreneurs. From such a small beginning the bank has grown as an institution serving 7.4 million borrowers. The first question that came up was about the insurance of these loans and the rate of default. We were all amazed that only a 2% of loans end up in default! Microfinance is an important engine for economic development. Through micro credit we can empower entrepreneurs in emerging countries to redefine their economies and fuel economic growth.
To our surprise, we learnt that the concept is so developed that there are some Investment Funds purely based on microfinance. In the other word, investors can buy units (or shares) of these investment instruments to invest in poor economies to satisfy their need of social responsibility and as well, make descent return. ResponsAbility is one of many that is ran by Credit Suiss. Some of these microfinance funds has outperformed the market indices.
A little bit of “Internet” gradient into the concept can make a tasty recipe for individuals who follow investment, economy and entrepreneurship. Kiva has provided a platform where individual investors can (in a non-for-profit way) lend microcapital as low as $25 to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Microfinance Institutes (MFI) qualify the candidates, validate the case/project and bridge between the microfinance-investors (financier) and the receiver of the fund. MFI is the local organization on ground in the respective developing country which facilitate the lending and collecting of the loan repayments. Through Kiva.org you can build your team and promote this global initiation. You can search for projects in a specific country, a sector or even search for your target entrepreneur based on gender.
What are you waiting for? Let’s finance a project for as little as $25 today and help poor people build their economy and help their family.