Archive for the ‘Microcredit’ Category

World Food Programme

October 16, 2009

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UTPMP Guatemala

December 17, 2008

This past weekend I had the opportunity to be a volunteer in “Un techo para mi Pais” and I wanted to share my experience with you guys.

More than one hundred volunteers showed up for the event.  Our objective was to build 20 wooden houses for the people of Palencia, Guatemala. In order to achieve this we were dividend in two camps and then divided into teams of 5 to 6 persons. Each team was responsible of building their house with the new home owners, who welcome us to their ordinary house and treated us like another family member.

They shared their amazing stories about their lives, their work and their family…truly exceptional people who can teach us a great deal about life and who deserve a worthy home.

Now I want to share some gratifying moments:  

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Social Edge

March 5, 2007

Social Edge its online community for philanthropist, nonprofit processionals, and the business community to network, learn, debate, inspire and share expertise and resources. It’s more or less where I want to take “Innovateca” but specializing in Central America.

Social Edge it’s a great way to interact with other participants with similar interest but most important its a valuable network and community for social entrepreneurs.  

 I will add social edge website to my Blogroll in case you want to check their site now and then.   

Dr. Muhammad Yunus

February 19, 2007

Dr. Muhammad Yunus (born June 28, 1940) is a Bangladeshi banker and economist. He is famous for his successful application of the concept of microcredit, the extension of small loans to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. Yunus is also the founder of Grameen Bank. In 2006, Yunus and the bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.”[1] Yunus himself has received several other international honors, including the ITU World Information Society Award, Ramon Magsaysay Award, the World Food Prize and the Sydney Peace Prize. He is the author of Banker to the Poor and a founding board member of Grameen Foundation.

Dr. Muhammad Yunus is an extraordinary example of how one can create economic and social development from below. He achieved this by founding the Grameen Bank which is a microfinance organization that makes small loans (microcredits) to the impoverished without collateral.  

It makes you wonder why Central America hasn’t developed such a system.  The benefits for the impoverished are immensely. If done correctly it can have a positive domino effect diminishing poverty, economic growth, increasing life expectancy, equality, rights, etc.  

Hopefully one day we will be able to achieve such a system of micro credits and create a bank for the poor people. I want to share some previews of Dr. Muhammad Yunus videos.

Banker to the Poor

February 19, 2007

Dr. Muhammad Yunus describes his three-decade-long effort to extend micro-credit (small loans for self-employment). Grameen Bank, his creation, now makes small loans to seven million families in Bangladesh, and has helped almost half of them work their way out of poverty. This is the story of his life-long struggle and accomplishments, told in his own words.  

Building Social Ventures

February 19, 2007

Dr. Muhammad Yunus shares his strategies for building businesses dedicated to the social good. He describes the founding and structure of Grameen Bank, Grameen Phone and other companies he has created on behalf of the poor.

Creating a Poverty-Free World

February 19, 2007

Dr. Muhammad Yunus offers his insights into what it will take to completely eradicate global poverty. He invisions a new kind of capitalism, and demonstrates how his creations, Grameen Bank and the Grameen Family of Companies, offer viable solutions to previously intractable challenges.