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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Moving & Motivating!, June 16, 1999
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This review is from: Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty (Hardcover)
If you know the story of Grameen Bank, and wanted to know more about the founder - I don't need to say anymore.
If you haven't heard of Grameen, prepare yourself to learn about a bank which has overturned the conventional wisdom about helping people who live in poverty.
Yunus' big idea can be put very simply: people who live on less than $1 per day (3 billion people) don't need to be tought how to feed themselves and survive - the very fact that they are alive is testament to their abilities.
His approach rests upon that faith in people's ability to help themselves, if given access to the very small amounts of loan capital they need to start a profitable venture - whether that is weaving cloth or repairing bicycles.
The road to reaching more than 2 million people in Bangladesh, and many other millions worldwide, wasn't smooth. What you get from reading this book is a sense that sometimes the 'homegrown' solution beats the 'imposed' ideas from the developed world.
A challenging book for liberals and conservatives alike!
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