This was an amazing movie. It shows what Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammed Yunus has done to help poor people in Bangladesh. I was really impressed. I liked how Yunus involved women which helps them use their intellect and raise their status. Yunus's micro credit system is explained in this film.
The Dannon yogurt idea was genius. Every step of the operation helps poor people. Poor villagers that have cows can sell their milk to the factory. Factories can employ workers to make the nutrition enhanced yogurt. Women can sell the yogurt at a cheap price and earn a profit. Other women that buy it can feed it to their children who then get more nutrients than they would normally get.
I'm really happy that all this progress and change is coming to my native country of Bangladesh and I wish it could spread to other countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan.
I'm thoroughly disgusted with the Bangladesh government and their treatment of Mohammed Yunus. I know ALL the politicians are corrupt and helping the poor will only weaken their hold on the people.
Please watch this movie. You will not regret watching it.
Bonsai People really shows the power of one person to make great change in the world. Dr. Yunus started with 42 borrowers in 1976 to close to 9 million today. This film really shows this from a personal point of view by following several different people through their journey to break free from poverty. Microcredit has been well documented, but to see the actual affect small loans can have on the lives of the poor is quite extraordinary. This film really shows the empowerment of women and how they change after getting these loans and starting businesses, which in turn empowers their entire family and community.
This is also the first film that follows Dr. Yunus' social businesses in Bangladesh such as the eye care hospital, alternative energy (solar and biogas), shoes, yogurt and many more. The social business model, which should be financially self-sustainable after a certain period of time, can create a great impact on society by addressing a particular social problem (such as malnutrition or lack of healthcare access).
It is striking to see how a bank branch is formed and how the entire microcredit system works through the eyes of people who are directly involved. Some may think that in such poverty, the people would be depressed, but this is not the case. We see much character, color and hope in the face of adversity, which is the message of the film.
This film has two sides that I value very much. It is both inspiring and full of practical insights. Mohammad Yunus has been a hero of mine for a long time and I have read/listened to a couple of his books. But none of them offered the hands-on detail that this documentary offers into how Grameen Bank actually works. I highly recommend watching this movie if you care about the issue of poverty and would like to find real solutions!
This movie is inspirational because it reiterates the power of one. One person with a vision and a mission can create great positive changes in the lives of others & themselves. This is a great reminder regardless of what you are doing. Muhammad Yunus is a great role model and the filmmaker, Holly Mosher, emulates his determination in making her film! Thank you both for the good you are doing in the world and sharing it with others. Great holiday gift!!!