Middle East matters

Jailed over unpaid debts in Egypt

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS
MIDDLE EAST MATTERS © FRANCE 24
By: Sanam SHANTYAEI Follow | Stéphanie CHEVAL | Camille FEVRIER | Sonia BARITELLO
14 min

Today, one in three Egyptians live just above the poverty line. As a consequence, the rate of micro-credit lending has grown, with women the principle beneficiaries. Some 70 percent of loans in Egypt are now given to women, but thousands of them fall victim to loan sharks and can even end up in prison. FRANCE 24's Ruth Michaelson reports.

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