Apparently, microfinance in South Korea has failed. The Korea Times, a South Korean daily newspaper, attributes this failure to “lack of private donations and government support.” The South Korean government established the Social Solidarity Bank (SSB), the nation’s first non-governmental microfinance institution, in 2002. Since its inception, SSB attracted corporate donations of 3 billion won (USD $3.15 million), in large part from conglomerate Samsung Group and Kookmin Bank. However, The Korea Times believes this was “a miniscule amount of money and not enough to allow the bank to operate as a financial institution.”
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
The Korea Times of South Korea Says Microcredit Is a Failure “due to lack of private donations and government support”
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