Borrowing and saving the Egyptian way
6 April 2013 Last updated at 18:15 BST
The average Egyptian family spends more than 40% of its income on food - so for those on lower salaries, paying for bigger items like weddings is a struggle.
But for many, the answer does not lie in taking a loan out from a bank.
Instead people join a Gamiya - a circular credit scheme among families and friends which involves no interest.
Ola Naguib explains how the system works.