This publication is part of the journal (2011-2)
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to understand interest-free microfinance practices in India, identify
issues and recommend possible solutions.
Design/methodology/approach – To achieve the proposed objectives, Bait-un-Nasr (BuN) Urban
Cooperative Credit Society, located in Mumbai, India, is considered for the case study. The study is based on
both primary and secondary data. The primary data are collected through questionnaires and secondary data
from various sources. Performance of the institution is assessed in terms of growth and sustainability
Findings – It is found that BuN has been successful in providing interest-free microfinance services in India.
A few operational issues have been highlighted and possible solutions are recommended. Moreover, it is
found that in comparison to the microfinance industry standards, the performance of BuN has been lower.
Research limitations/implications – BuN is evaluated from only growth and sustainability aspects
and not from the aspect of the socio-economic impacts of its services on the lives of customers.
Practical implications – This study would become a documented source of interest-free microfinance
practices in India. Moreover, the recommendations provided, if implemented, would help BuN in further
growth and development.
Social implications – This study would help create awareness in the society about the practices of
Originality/value – This paper highlights the interest-free microfinance practices in India that have not
received the needed attention. The paper also attempts to identify key issues pertaining to interest-free
microfinance with possible solutions.
Keywords India, Microfinance, Cooperatives, Islamic microfinance, Sharīʿah, Bait-un-Nasr
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