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Chickens and eggs in a cage belonging to Aicha, a client of the Grameen Bank who obtained a loan of 50,000 taka and a special loan of 34,000 taka, with which she bought the poultry and the hen house.  The Grameen Bank was established as an alternative to traditional banking, providing credit and loans to the poor without the need for collateral and eliminating exploitation of the poor by money lenders.  Instead, the bank's financial resources are made available to clients on the bases of mutual trust, participation and accountability.  The microfinance scheme has created opportunities for self-employment among unemployed people in rural Bangladesh, allowing them to invest for the future.. .