Matthew J. Martin

Bitcoin Startup Company Helps Muslims Get Loans

A bitcoin startup based in the US is now helping Muslims get loans without breaking Islamic law. Matthew J. Martin, who converted to Islam five years ago while he was working fintech world, set up Blossom Finance which partners with microfinance institutions to make “investments” in small businesses then takes a 20 percent cut of the profits in order to still make money. In particular, Martin chose to use bitcoin since it doesn’t incur high transactions costs. Apart from that, the digital currency also features transparency, as the transactions are recorded in a public ledger called blockchain. Blossom is based in Indonesia, where there is a strong demand for financing that is compliant with Islamic law. The company has gotten its first investment from BMT Nusantara Condet, which help 10 to 20 micro businesses within Indonesia to expand.

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