Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus

Poor people are bonsai people. There’s nothing wrong with their seed, society never allowd them the space to grow as tall as everybody else. Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is well known to the supporters of micro-lending. His amazing story –beginning with his personal loan of $27 to 42 poor villagers in Bangladesh – ultimately led to the founding of Grameen Bank. His banking program, which provided loans for people who often could not get credit – poor people and most often women, has launched a variety of business ventures and has been helping lift families out of poverty for over 30 years. Microcredit now exists on every continent and has benefitted over 100 million families. His Grameen Bank has an astonishing 98% rate of return.
Bonsai People is an award-winning documentary film by Holly Mosher that both describes the principles of microcredit, but also introduces his newest approach to combatting world poverty –a venture he calls social business. Through partnerships with visionary business leaders, he hopes to address some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Prairie Public TV (Channel 13) will air Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus on Thursday, July 12, at 9:00pm.

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