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Islamic Microfinance in Yemen: Challenges and Opportunities

Islamic Microfinance in Yemen: Challenges and Opportunities

In an effort to foster hope and stability among Yemen’s por, Al-Amal Microfinance Bank is working to introduce a range of Sharia-compliant microfinance products aimed at reaching the unbanked. However, demand for Islamic financial products can far exceed the capacity of existing microfinance institutions to provide them. That’s why institutions like Al-Amal are often forced to limit their suite of Sharia-compliant products to one or more products that are relatively simple to administer and offer a clear return. In Al-Amal’s case, the signature Islamic product is murabaha. The mark-up ranges between 14.5% (for purchases more than $5,000) and 24% (for purchases below $5,000). Further development of Al-Amal’s murabaha offering and the introduction of other Sharia-compliant products, will hinge on the bank’s ability to reach Yemen’s rural poor, who represent some 80 percent of the country’s population

Alwaleed Foundation supports UNICEF education project in Yemen

Alwaleed Foundation supports UNICEF education project in Yemen

HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation-Global and Dr. Ibrahim El-Ziq, The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative to the Gulf Area, signed a memorandum of understanding “MOU” on Sunday 24th March 2013, which works for children’s rights, their survival, development and protection, to support a UNICEF project to provide quality basic education for girls in Yemen. Under the agreement, Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation – Global will donate US$250,000 to 15 schools. According to the one year agreement, the targeted schools will be become more child friendly, with new educational policies at local and national levels.

Tadhamon International Islamic Bank downgraded by CI

Tadhamon International Islamic Bank downgraded by CI

The Financial Strength Rating of Tadhamon International Islamic Bank (TIIB) has been downgraded to ‘b+’ from ‘BB-‘ by Capital Intelligence (CI). The downward change of the rating reflects the deterioration in TIIB’s financial profile. The ratings of TI…

Two Islamic banks seeking expansion in Somalia

Two Islamic banks seeking expansion in Somalia

Saba Islamic Bank of Yemen and Dahabshil Bank of Djibouti are making plans to engage in operations in Somalia in the coming year. Basel Haj-Issa, the new CEO of Saba Islamic Bank, said at the Islamic Banking Summit Africa in Djibouti that the reason fo…

Yemen’s Islamic banks welcome GCC-brokered deal

Yemen’s Islamic banks welcome GCC-brokered deal

Bankers embraced the GCC backed peace deal after nine months of sometimes viciously violent fighting in Yemen’s own take on the ‘Arab Spring’, a new government of reconciliation being sworn in to replace President Saleh’s regime in Yemen.
It’…

Yemen’s Islamic banks reopen

Yemen’s Islamic banks reopen

It seems that things will have a positive outlook for Yemen’s Islamic banks.
When pitched battles between pro- and anti-Saleh forces erupted in downtown Sana’a, the banking sector froze.
Tadhamon International Islamic Bank and the Islamic Bank of Y…

Sukuk yields rise most in 9 months on unrest

Sukuk yields rise most in 9 months on unrest

Islamic bonds, led by securities in the Arabian Gulf, underperformed emerging-market debt in February as spreading unrest across the Middle East caused the biggest monthly rise in yields since May.
Investors are shunning Middle East assets as protests …