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Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus
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“When we want to help the poor, we usually offer them charity. Most often we use charity to avoid recognizing the problem and finding the solution for it. Charity becomes a way to shrug off our responsibility. But charity is no solution to poverty. Charity only perpetuates poverty by taking the initiative away from the poor. Charity allows us to go ahead with our own lives without worrying about the lives of the poor. Charity appeases our consciences.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“People.. were poor not because they were stupid or lazy. They worked all day long, doing complex physical tasks. They were poor because the financial institution in the country did not help them widen their economic base.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“If you go out into the real world, you cannot miss seeing that the poor are poor not because they are untrained or illiterate but because they cannot retain the returns of their labor. They have no control over capital, and it is the ability to control capital that gives people the power to rise out of poverty.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“..things are never as complicated as they seem. It is only our arrogance that prompts us to find unnecessarily complicated answers to simple problems.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“When a destitute mother starts earning an income, her dreams of success invariably center around her children. A woman's second priority is the household. She wants to buy utensils, build a stronger roof, or find a bed for herself and her family. A man has an entirely different set of priorities. When a destitute father earns extra income, he focuses more attention on himself. Thus money entering a household through a woman brings more benefits to the family as a whole.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“The fact that the poor are alive is clear proof of their ability.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“Even today we don't pay serious attention to the issue of poverty, because the powerful remain relatively untouched by it. Most people distance themselves from the issue by saying that if the poor worked harder, they wouldn't be poor.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“Poverty does not belong in civilized human society. Its proper place is in a museum. That's where it will be.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“What I did not know yet about hunger, but would find out over the next twenty-one years, was that brilliant theorists of economics do not find it worthwhile to spend time discussing issues of poverty and hunger. They believe that these will be resolved when general economic prosperity increases. These economists spend all their talents detailing the process of development and prosperity, but rarely reflect on the origin and development of poverty and hunger. A a result, poverty continues.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“Changes are products of intensive efforts.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“UN studies conducted in more than forty developing countries show that the birth rate falls as women gain equality... I believe income-earning opportunities that empower poor women ... will have more impact on curbing population growth that the current system of "encouraging" family planning practices through intimidation tactics.. Family planning should be left to the family.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“...one cannot but wonder how an environment can make people despair and sit idle and then, by changing the conditions, one can transform the same people into matchless performers.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“In the United States I saw how the market liberates the individual and allows people to be free to make personal choices. But the biggest drawback was that the market always pushes things to the side of the powerful. I thought the poor should be able to take advantage of the system in order to improve their lot.
Grameen is a private-sector self-help bank, and as its members gain personal wealth they acquire water-pumps, latrines, housing, education, access to health care, and so on.
Another way to achieve this is to let abusiness earn profit that is then txed by the government, and the tax can be used to provide services to the poor. But in practice it never works that way. In real life, taxes only pay for a government bureaucracy that collects the tax and provides little or nothing to the poor. And since most government bureaucracies are not profit motivated, they have little incentive to increase their efficiency. In fact, they have a disincentive: governments often cannot cut social services without a public outcry, so the behemoth continues, blind and inefficient, year after year.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“Th direct elimination of elimination of poverty should be the objective of all development aid. Development should be viewed as a human rights issue, not as a question of simply increasing the gross national product (GNP).”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“The challenge I set before anyone who condemns private-sector business is this: If you are a socially conscious person, why don't you run your business in a way that will help achieve social objectives?”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“The process of breaking down fear was always my greatest challenge and it was made easier by the careful work and gentle voices of my female workers.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“I learned that things are never as complicated as we imagine them to be. It is only our arrogance which seeks to find complicated answers to simple problems.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“I profoundly believer, as Grammen's experience over twenty years has shown, that personal gains is not the only possible fuel for free enterprise. Social goals can replace greed as a powerful motivational force. Social-consciousness-driven enterprises can be formidable competitors for the greed-based enterprises. I believe that if we play our cards right, social-consciousness-driven enterprises can do very well in the marketplace.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“The system we have built refuses to recognize people. Only credit cards are recognized. Drivers' licenses are recognized. But not people. People haven't any use for faces anymore, it seems. They are busy looking at your credit card, your driver's licence, your social security number. If a driver's licence is more reliable than the face I wear, then why do I have a face?”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“I believe that the emphasis on curbing population growth diverts attention from the more vital issue of pursuing policies that allow the population to take care of itself.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“A university should not be an island where academics attain higher and higher levels of knowledge without sharing any of this knowledge with its neighbours.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“When you can hold the world in your palm and see it from a bird’s eye view, you tend to become arrogant – you do not realize that when looking from such a great distance, everything becomes blurred, and that you end up imagining rather than really seeing things.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: The Story of the Grameen Bank
“Like navigation markings in unknown waters, definitions of poverty need to be distinctive and unambiguous. A definition that is not precise is as bad as no definition at all.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“I am not a capitalist in the simplistic left/right sense. But I do believe in the power of the global free-market economy and in using capitalist tools. I believe in the power of teh free market and the power of capital in the marketplace. I also believe that providing unemployment benefits is not the best way to address poverty. The able-bodied poor don't wan tor need charity. The dole only increases their misery, robs them of incentive and, more important, of self-respect.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“Nothing is quite as beautiful as farmers harvesting their rice.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“Human beings are extremely creative and resilient, especially when they are operating within an institutional framework that encourages and supports their actions.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“People like Sufiya were poor not because they were stupid or lazy. They worked all day long, doing complex physical tasks. They were poor because the financial institutions in the country did not help them widen their economic base.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“I would define development by focusing on the quality of life of the lower 25 percent of the population. This”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“There are many ways for people to die, but somehow dying of starvation is the most unacceptable of all. It happens in slow motion. Second by second, the distance between life and death becomes smaller and smaller, until the two are in such close proximity that one can hardly tell the difference.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
“In this world of plenty, a tiny baby, who does not yet understand the mystery of the world, is allowed to cry and cry and finally fall asleep without the milk she needs to survive. The next day she may not have the strength to continue living. I”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

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