Sohelia Haque: MFIs better serve the poor than traditional banks

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18th Microcredit Summit Video Corner Interview Series

Sohelia Naznin Haque, deputy program coordinator for Society for Development Initiatives in Bangladesh, interviewed by Miranda Beshara, editor of the Arabic Microfinance Gateway.


Sohelia Naznin Haque of Society for Development Initiatives (Bangladesh) discusses the role of microfinance to help end poverty and the lessons learned at the 18th Microcredit Summit with Miranda Beshara, editor of the Arabic Microfinance Gateway.

Haque echoed Dr. Muhammed Yunus, supporting the goals of zero poverty, zero unemployment, and financial inclusion through technological advancement. She explains how SDI reaches the poor in a way that big banks do not, going to their homes and visiting rural areas.

“We go to them, think about or listen to their demands, needs, motives, drives. According to that, we make our microfinance products and try fulfill their demands,” said Haque. “[Commercial] banks’ interest rates are too high, but our interest rates are not too high according to the demand we provide them.”

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2 thoughts on “Sohelia Haque: MFIs better serve the poor than traditional banks

  1. Hi,
    This is Sohelia from Bnagladesh
    Thanks for sharing my video
    but there was also my organization Executive Director of SDI interview.Name of our organization is Society for Development Initiatives(SDI) and Executive Name is Shamsul Haque.Can you please share his video in this mail address sohelianaznin35@gmail.com

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