Bangladesh Grameen Bank - Pioneers in Microfinance

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Case Code : FINC023
Case Length : 12 Pages
Period : 2003
Pub. Date : 2003
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : World Bank, Bangladesh Grameen Bank
Industry : Banking and Financial Services
Countries : Bangladesh

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Testing Times

The Grameen Bank faced a difficult situation in 1997 when Bangladesh experienced the worst-ever floods in the country's history. Around 75% of the country was submerged for around two-and-a-half months.

In addition to the huge loss of human lives and livestock, there was a large amount of crop damage, and damage to housing and infrastructure. The floods affected around 1.2 million Grameen Bank members. Grameen Bank declared around 24,000 centers as disaster-stricken centers and suspended all banking activities in those centers. Even weekly loan repayment was suspended and employees were allowed to utilize group collective savings. In addition to the above relaxations, Grameen Bank also offered various kinds of loans to members to restart their normal lives. Most of the loans dispersed by Grameen Bank were General, Seasonal and housing loans. In the post-flood period, Grameen Bank relaxed the terms of repayment for borrowers (Refer Exhibit V)...


Exhibit I: About Microfinance
Exhibit II: Worldwide Replication of Grameen Bank*
Exhibit III: Map of Bangladesh
Exhibit IV: Sixteen Decisions of Grameen Bank
Exhibit V: Relaxations Announced by Grameen Bank in 1998


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