Palmas Bank (Fortaleza – Brasil)

The Palmas Bank was founded in 1998 in the Conjunto Palmeiras (50.000 inhabitants), a Fortaleza slum, in the Brazilian nordeste. It is the combination of a complementary currency (today accepted by the 97% of shops and supermarkets in the Conjunto) and a social bank (whose activity is focussed on productive microcredit). They were the pioneers in the creation of community banks in Brazil, setting up a national network that today brings together more than 20 similar experiences.

Recently, they were recognised by the public sector as a tool for development and against exclusion and poverty.

Research on the households' consumption in the Conjunto Palmeiras.

Related links: – Official website – National Network of Community Banks of Brazil


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