Wisconsin (Chris aadland): With the partial federal government shutdown in its fifth week, the area’s Muslim community is offering interest-free loans to affected federal workers in Wisconsin.
Individuals in the Muslim community raised $50,000 to lend to furloughed federal workers in Wisconsin who are struggling to pay their bills, said Masood Akhtar, coordinator of the project.
No other businesses or organizations have signed on to provide loans so far, but would be welcome if they did, he said.
Workers can borrow up to $5,000 with flexible repayment schedules, he said.
Loans are available to any federal worker in need regardless of the worker’s religion, ethnicity or color, Akhtar said.
The interest-free loan agreement would be between the borrower and one donor, he said.
For more information, to ask about contributing or to apply for a loan, email Akhtar at firstname.lastname@example.org.