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Small Change

How fifty dollars can change the world

Help people help themselves: That’s the idea hehind microcredit. Small loans-sometimes no more than $50-can radically improve the life of a poor family. Where development aid and billion-do,Har loans fail, m1crocredit is emerging as the success story 1n the battle against world poverty.
People who were previously considered “unbankable” no longer have to look to loan sharks for funding. With microcredit, they can become owners of small businesses. And it turns out they nearly always repay their loans on time. In many countnes, professional organizations have become active in the field of microfinancing.
To research this book, Kamp traveled to Kenya, Uganda, Bolivia and India to speak with the people who grant microcredit and those who receive it. Their stories make it clear that microcredit is a tremendous stimulus for economic and social development and, in particular, for people’s self-awareness.

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