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Session 12, case studyThe Grameen Bank, Bangladesh: Mizapur Branch (disguised branch name)The Mizapur branch of Grameen bank was established in 1982, six years after the bank itself was started. It was the 32nd branch of Grameen Bank to be set up. Mizapur is a typical densely populated area in rural Bangladesh, about 100 km from Dhaka. Most of the villagers have very small landholdings, and many have no land at all; they subsist on the meagre daily wages they can earn by working on the land belonging to the few larger farmers. Nearly every household also earns extra money through non-farm activities, which are usually run by the women.Nirjahan Begum is one of the 1,700 customers of the branch. She has no land, and her husband was an agricultural labourer. She used to earn a little extra money by weaving mats, but the trader who sold her the material on credit, and bought back the mats, allowed so small a margin that the business earned practically nothing. Her husband died in 1995, and a neighbour invited her to join a Grameen Bank group shortly after he died. Over the next two years, she took three loans to finance her mat-making business. She has made all the repayments when they are due, and in addition to taking care of her three children, she has also been able to repair the roof of her house and to buy a calf and some chickens.By 1998, the branch served about 1,700 members in 384 groups, which were in turn organised into 70 centres. In addition, some

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