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New York : Times Books, 1996
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Counts tells how Yunus came upon his idea twenty years ago, after lending a few dollars' worth of cash from his own pocket to indentured laborers and poor farmers in his famine-ravaged and economically crippled homeland. The borrowers were able to start their own small businesses - buying a dairy cow or a rickshaw or tools to make fishing nets or stools - enabling them to accumulate a little cash to build a house, educate a child, or fend off starvation. Yunus institutionalized his idea into the Grameen Bank, and in spite of the fact that the bank's borrowers are required to be the poorest of the poor, without assets for collateral, Grameen has a near-perfect repayment rate. In Bangladesh, Grameen now disburses $500 million a year to 2 million borrowers; the idea has also spread to the United States and throughout the world. Perhaps 10 million people now benefit from small, unsecured loans that have financed the transformation of their lives.
As Alex Counts demonstrates, micro-lending could make a significant contribution to more effective foreign-aid policies toward impoverished countries like Bangladesh, and to the domestic alleviation of poverty at a time when the federal government is cutting its spending at all levels.
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