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The Micro Debt: A Critical Investigation

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Catalogue Number:  394179
ISBN Number:  978-1-61733-807-6
Producer:  Films Media Group
Subject:  Business Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  U.S.
Copyright Year:  2011
Running Time:  60
Closed Captions:  Yes


DVD Price:  $189.95
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For decades, experts have hailed microcredit as the paramount solution to global poverty. But there is a lesser-known version of that story in which Grameen bank founder Mohammad Yunus and other promoters of miniaturized finance appear to serve mostly their own interests. Bringing to light a range of potentially unethical practices and policies, this program explores the microcredit system that has been implemented across much of the developing world. Using examples in both Bangladesh and Mexico, the film assesses the financial well being of several borrowers, including early Grameen consumer Sufiya Begum; questions whether or not celebrity advocates like Bono or the Clintons truly understand the impact of microcredit programs; and examines the future viability of the microfinance community. Interviews feature respected economists Milford Bateman, Thomas Dichter, and many others.

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