Diyarbakır deputy Akgül determined to implement microcredit in Turkey
Posted by Página do Microcrédito em 8 junho, 2007
Diyarbakır deputy Professor Aziz Akgül, not re-nominated for Parliament by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), asserts he will continue to fight poverty after his term ends.
“I will do my best to make the microcredit system widespread in Turkey,” says Akgül, a close friend of Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, the developer of the microcredit system he hopes will put an end to poverty. Speaking about his not being included on the candidate lists, Akgül stated: “The will that carried me to the Parliament in the 2002 elections has now decided not to re-nominate me and I respect this decision. I will continue to do service to my citizens and will keep up my work on microcredit. In addition to Diyarbakır, Mardin, Ankara and Gaziantep, our preparations for launching the microcredit system in Trabzon, Kars, Ağrı, Gümüşhane, Yozgat, Edirne and Kütahya are underway.”
Akgül, who also served as chairman of the Turkey Waste Prevention Foundation and Diyarbakır Social Solidarity Foundation, launched the microcredit system in Diyarbakır in June 2003. So far about 5,000 women have used microcredit (small loans) to start their businesses in Diyarbakır, Mardin and Ankara, and the funds provided through this system have amounted to YTL 6.5 million. As the system is based on trust, loans are provided without any securities. This principle seems to work in practice as not a single beneficiary has abused the system. Akgül explains that these microcredits are funded not by the government but by nongovernmental organizations and benevolent civilians.