Our core activity is providing Interest-free loans to our members, who number more than 2,000 spread across 15 slums of Bangalore. Additionally, due to our presence within the slums, we have become intimately aware of other needs of our members and requirements of others in the areas we operate in. Therefore, we have extended our activities to various other poverty alleviating measures such as Scholarships, Educational loans, Medical aid, clearing of external debt of members, food, clothing and blanket distribution etc. The Lifeline Foundation aims to support our members through direct action as well as help them to improve their own lives.
Where We Work
Bangalore (Bengaluru) is the capital of the state of Karnataka in the Deccan Plateau in South India. Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India and it is the third most populous city in the country. With an economic growth of 10.3%, Bangalore is the fastest growing metropolis in India. While many parts of Bangalore are flourishing, many areas are still struggling with severe poverty.But to most tourists and affluent citizens this poverty is almost unseen; According to the census, there are 733 slums in the city. Lifeline works in 15 slums in the city. In each branch we have a trustee in charge working along with local people, who are familiar with the area. We have part-time employees who working as loan officers and accounts officers who are paid a basic honorarium for their efforts. These are usually teachers/ imams from the local area.
How We Work
One of the key missions of TLF is to empower the poor by providing funds, resources, guidance and support in an Islamically compliant manner so that they may become financially strong. At TLF, we offer interest free micro-credit to women living in slums in the range of Rs 4,000 to Rs. 12,000 in order to invest in their micro-business activities.