Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences Proceeding | VOL. 13
Utilizing Zakat Fund to Develop Microtakaful Scheme for Enhancing Financial Well Being among Self Employed Asnaf
Publication Date Jun 16, 2022
The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered an adverse effect on the economy which have underscored the need to support and protect lower income groups. Poor and needy are among the low-income group who are the least ready individuals to adapt when emergency happens. Any calamities happened such as sickness, or accident can have a disastrous effect on their already low standard of living, which in turn decreases future income. As a result of this startling situation, the low-income group is recognized as at-risk population in the society due to the reality that they are plagued with various financial problems and still struggling to achieve socio-economic and health equalities (Haroun & Yusoff, 2019). We investigate the issues by evaluating the current risks encountered by Asnaf (Beneficiaries of Zakat fund). In particular, we focus on poor and needy group of people who had received financial assistance in the form of Entrepreneurship Programme organized by Lembaga Zakat Negeri Kedah. Even though Zakat collections kept rising year by year, it is still incapable to resolve the financial problems among the Asnaf especially during the time of emergency happens (Yahaya & Ahmad, 2019). The poverty issue and financial well-being are highly entangled; however, to the best knowledge of authors, there is limited studies that examine effective alternatives to channel fund to these poor and needy group who are deemed productive. Despite previous research has focused on Waqaf fund in proposing Microtakaful ( see for example Mikail and S...
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