Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Peng

Name: Jessica Peng Hometown: I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to Jericho, New York at the age of nine. School: Vassar College ETA Placement and Year: SMA Kristen Mercusuar in Kupang, West Timor, 2011-2012 Current City: I currently live in Jakarta, where I am wrapping up my work as the Monitoring & Evaluation…

Money and Religion: Islamic Finance in Indonesia

— By Christopher Linnan — Religion and banking usually make for uncomfortable bedfellows. This is especially true in regards to money lending because most holy books, especially the ones related to Abrahamic religions, i.e. the Torah, New Testament, and the Quran discourage and in some cases ban (i) the charging of interest on loans. Mainstream…