hebah fisher
University of Virginia

Hebah Fisher is a fourth year undergraduate Global Development Studies major at the University of Virginia. Her studies focus on the impact of microfinance and business training on poverty alleviation in the Middle East and North Africa regions.

In pursuit of these interests, Hebah leads an organisation called Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED), which offers free consulting services to small and start-up NGOs managing socioeconomic development projects.

She currently interns for the non-financial services department of the Family Bank, an Islamic microfinance bank in Bahrain.

Articles by hebah fisher

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    Bahrain’s Family Bank: Pioneering Islamic Microfinance

    Under Islamic law, the conventional practice of charging interest for loans is prohibited. So how can the estimated 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide access microfinance products? Institutions like the Family Bank in Bahrain attempt to provide an answer by offering microfinance services that are fully compliant with Islamic banking laws.