There’s some very good material on YouTube about microfinance.
If you know little about this powerful approach to tackling poverty, the first video below “Breaking through poverty with microfinance” is an excellent place to start.
It is, of course, a sales pitch for the Grameen Foundation. But it captures what is inspiring about microfinance, and the spirit of the people working in this field.
If you’re already knowledgeable, the later videos below will be stimulating.
Breaking through poverty with microfinance – 16 min version
If you have less time, there’s also a shorter 8 minute version.
Breaking through poverty with microfinance – 8 min version
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After that, there is a video in two parts that shows what technology can do for microfinance and for the poor. This time it’s from Planet Finance, and focuses on China. Again inspiring and informative, going a little deeper into some issues.
Broadband for Barefoot Bankers – Part I
Broadband for Barefoot Bankers – Part II
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And if you’re a technologist wondering if you could use your skills to make a difference in this area, take a look at this:
Open Source Micro Finance
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There is actually even more material on YouTube, but that’s enough for this post.
See also the Mahalo page on microfinance: