History of chit funds

Chit Funds are indigenous financial institutions unique to South India and predating commercial banks. They have stood the test of time, as evidenced by the growth in the number of chit fund companies in the South. However, the importance of any financial institution cannot be judged by its numerical strength alone, but by its performance. Tracing back the history of the origin of chit funds reveals that they evolved at a time when banking facilities had not developed, thus filling an important credit gap in the economy. But with the growth of banks, chit funds were doomed to closure. However, on the contrary, vast expansions in the chit fund business were witnessed over the years, neck to neck with that of the banking system. Proof enough that chit funds continue to fill the credit gap in the developing economy of our country. Today chit fund companies are recognized as important credit and investment agencies.

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