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The Russian post office has launched a new financial product for consumers. They can get a microcredit loan (between $100-200 USD) in any post office branch simply by presenting a piece of identification.
Why it matters
Microcredit is something that has really taken off in underdeveloped countries and is usually associated with business development. Will this niche offering attract local customers considering the small amounts loaned?
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.
More than 50 per cent of the UAE's population of roughly 6 million are labourers, most of whom are not being served properly by the country's banking system. Dunia Finance LLC has pledged a commitment to reach out to the entire spectrum of society by engaging in responsible lending.