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Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus
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Read from June 28 to July 08, 2010 — I own a copy

Yunus really did something incredible with the Grameen Bank, and he didn't stop at just lending money. He managed to improve people's lives through the loans, but also by offering healthcare, cell phone and internet service, and even endeavoring into fish nurseries. He simply decided what to do, did it, improved it, and continues with it. It was interesting to see what he has done to alleviate poverty and his goal to completely eradicate it is commendable. However, when he talks about the possibilities of ending poverty, he leaves out the sad truth that the poor do not always live in secure environments. He ignores the instability of poor people living in the midst of violent conflicts, which needs to be addressed.

As far as the writing itself, it was dry in places when he was explaining the operations, especially because I'm not exactly an economist, but he luckily keeps those chapters succinct. His analysis of the impact of Grameen and the personal stories of the borrowers are what kept my interest.
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