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Finance fights poverty
Microcredit is the extension of very small loans (microloans) exclusively for women in poverty, with the goal of helping them cultivate business skills and entrepreneurship. Microcredit is a part of microfinace, which provides a wide range of financial services to the very poor.
Why it matters
Microcredit combines economically viable future growth for finance companies with a social benefit in the fight against poverty. Is this another example of how social causes can become an integral part of business practice?
According to the Sharia (Islamic law), interest-based financial affairs and speculations are generally not allowed for Muslims. In Germany, home to approximately 4.3 million Muslims, Istanbul-based banking house KuveytTürk will now offer a range of 'halal' (approved by the Sharia) finance products.
Fidor Bank from Munich promises their customers they will increase their interest rate depending on the amount of likes they get on their Facebook page. The rate will go up by 0.1% for every thousand fans, though the maximum increase is set at 1.5 per cent in 2012.