Fellow Since 1992
This description of Muslich Ismail's work was prepared when Muslich Ismail was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
Muslich Ismail, of Lombok, Indonesia, seeks to modernize all forms of zakat (Islamic charity) in order to increase its impact and to break the dependency charity can create. Beginning with the agricultural zakat, ten percent of the harvest that in theory goes to charity, he involves donors in deciding who is the most needy in a village and then organizes a capital investment program for them. He hopes this year's needy will be able to give, not receive, zakat the following year.
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