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Does socio-demographic variables matter in explaining issues and challenges in Islamic microfinance? Evidence from Malaysia

Che Mohd Salleh, Marhanum and Kassim, Salina and Kassim, Siti Nadhirah (2019) Does socio-demographic variables matter in explaining issues and challenges in Islamic microfinance? Evidence from Malaysia. In: The 2nd International Conference on Islamic Economics, Business, and Philanthropy (2nd ICIEBP), 28th March 2019, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.

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Purpose - In line with the wide acceptance of the microfinance industry globally, Islamic microfinance has also evolved rapidly in the past years to cater for the demand for Shariah-compliant microfinancing schemes. Despite this, the industry is facing various issues and challenges from both the clients and microfinance institutions. This study aims to identify the issues and challenges faced by different demographic background of microentrepreneurs receiving Islamic microfinancing from Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM). Methodology- It adopts the quantitative research methodology where primary data is collected using survey questionnaires administered on 393 women entrepreneurs who are currently clients of AIM’s Islamic microfinance scheme located in Selangor. The descriptive and cross-tabulation analyses are applied in efforts to understand the influence of socio-demographic factors (age, education level, duration with AIM, and times of receiving financing) on the following issues: cost of repayment, financing period, amount of financing, distance to AIM center, group lending mechanism, discipline among members, problematic group members, and consultation services. Findings - The study finds that clients with different socio-demographic factors perceived the issues differently, suggesting an influential role of clients’ demographic factors on the microfinance intervention. Practical implications - These findings have important implications to the microfinance industry in terms of further improving their products that are tailor-made to the socio-demographic characteristics of their clients. Originality – This research taken views of AIM’s microfinance recipients which were woman entrepreneurs in Selangor directly through a survey. Results of the research would be useful to AIM to enhance their products and services in future.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 7080/73446
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic microfinance, socio-demography, Islamic finance, Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H10 Societies
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Institute of Islamic Banking & Finance (IIiBF)
Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Finance
Depositing User: Dr. Marhanum Che Mohd Salleh
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 09:47
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 09:47
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/73446

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