It is a truism that if Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) play their expected role, poverty will reduce Poverty and inequality in Malaysia are characterised by the income disparity between urban–rural populations, gender, as well as among ethnic groups and states. Basically, the microfinance program in Malaysia has been administered by various institutions and non-banking government agencies. The first objective of this paper is to examine the extent to which Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) contribute to poverty reduction in northern Malaysia Microfinance in Transition • 92m+ micro‐borrowers have $65 bn in credit –average loan of $520 –up from $24 bn in 2006. The purpose of this study is to review the Islamic microfinance model that best suit the bottom of the wealth pyramid (B20) communities. ABSTRACT The primary aim of this paper is to investigate the impact of financial (microcredit and microinsurance) and nonfinancial services (training), services by microfinance on the welfare of their urban clients in Malaysia. The Malaysian microfinance institutions are Amanah Ikhtir Malaysia, Yayasan Usaha Maju and Economic Fund for National Entrepreneurs, while the Yemeni microfinance is Al-Amel Bank. Malaysian microfinance institution (MFI), Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM), has made a claim on the “world’s highest” microcredit repayment rate of 99.2 percent. Microfinance practices in Malaysia 273 3.2 Malaysia – Ikhtiar Project, AIM (1980s) Microfinance in Malaysia is rooted in the Ikhtiar project pioneered by Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1985. The pilot project in north-west Selangor is the first Grameen replication … A report from the Malaysian National news agency, Bernama, also states that of the 87 AIM branches in Malaysia, 61 have 100 percent repayment rates. CHAPTER 7 An Overview of the MFI Organisations: Annapurna Pariwar (AP) and GMSS 103 CHAPTER 8 Observations and Discussion Rural Area 125 CHAPTER 9 Observations and Discussion Urban Area 173 CHAPTER 10 Vetale Village: Then and Now (2013 2016) 211 CHAPTER 11 Concluding Remarks 227 Appendix 1 A ‘Bad Loans’ Bank for India 273 Appendix 2 Less Cash or Cashless: What about the We contribute to the existing literature by … It reports totalContinue reading → Taofeek Aremu Kasali Universiti Utara Malaysia . ABSTRACT . We can see variety of policies and government's efforts to ensure the poor and women are defended and not marginalized in the ... border_funding_to_microfinance_2010.pdf. AIM began operations in 1987. MICROFINANCE AND RURAL POVERTY ALLEVIATION: A REALITY? The most important institutions for this study are Lembaga Zakat Selangor (LZS), Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK) Selangor, Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia … Hock-Eam Lim . MFI Microfinance Institution MSME Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises MyKad National Identification Card OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development p.p. northern Malaysia. Universiti Utara Malaysia . Siti Aznor Ahmad . Islamic microfinance products and services Poverty eradication and women empowerment are being an important agenda of Government of Malaysia since independence. Microfinance was introduced in Malaysia in 1987 to provide financial access to the poorest member of the society and to reduce the persisting income inequality. I mainly concise my paper through client’s (the poor people, who borrowed loan from microfinance institutions) perspective and build up my research based on it. The outcomes of the study could provide clear evidence about the impact of microfinance on the poor wellbeing which contributes to the body knowledge of the literature. Universiti Utara Malaysia . Microfinance Regulation in Seven Countries: A Comparative Analysis, IRIS (2006).