Annual Report 2003 - Grameen Bank



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Grameen Bank: 2003

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Loan Activities

Computerization Programme

Auditors' Report and Financial Statements 

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Struggling (Beggars) Members Programmme


To reach out to the beggars, Grameen Bank has taken up a special programme, called Struggling Members Programme started from July 2002. Begging is the last resort for survival for a poor person, unless he/she turns into crime or other forms of illegal activities. Among the beggars, there are disabled, blind, and retarded people, as well as old people with ill health.

Objective of the programme is to provide financial services to the beggars to help them find a dignified livelihood, send their children to school and graduate into becoming regular Grameen Bank members. We wish to make sure that no one in the Grameen Bank villages has to beg for survival.

Basic features of the programme are :

Existing rules of Grameen Bank do not apply to beggar members; they make up their own rules.

All loans will be interest-free. Loans can be for very long term, to make repayment instalments very small. For example, for a loan to buy a quilt or a mosquito-net, many borrowers are paying Tk 2.00 (3.4 cents US) per week.

Beggar members are covered under life insurance and loan insurance programmes without paying any cost.

Groups and Centres are being encouraged to become patrons of this type of members.

Each member receives an identity badge with her picture and name, and Grameen Bank logo. She can display this as she goes about her daily life, to let everybody know that she is a Grameen Bank member and this national institution stands behind her.

Members are not required to give up begging, but are encouraged to take up an additional income-generating activity like selling popular consumer items door to door, or at the place of begging.
End of 31st December, 2003 cumulative members under this programme reaches at 1,478. All the zones have already come under this programme. By this time 586 branches of 102 areas have implemented the programme. So far Taka 0.78 million has been disbursed and Taka 0.16 million is already repaid. Repayment rate is 100%. We are expecting at least 25,000 beggars to join this programme, by 2004.
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