Historia said, "I found a VERY good book from Bangladesh - one of the poorest countries on the world. I am still reading it, but I like it so much, I wrote up a post about it: Banker to the Poor."
Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus is nonfiction. The simple idea of micro-loans is revolutionizing developing economies. Instead of lending large sums of money to often corrupt bureaucracies, economist Muhammad Yunus founded Grameen Bank to offer tiny sums, as little as $5, to individual craftspeople, tenant farmers, and subsistence entrepreneurs so they could keep themselves afloat between buying and selling. That was in 1983. Sixteen years later, with $2.5 billion being dispersed annually to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh and repayment rates close to 100 percent, Yunus is being hailed as the father of a new economic model that is bringing people out of poverty. In Banker to the Poor, Yunus explains why his program works.