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Thursday, September 18, 2008
We are 50% of the way to our year-end goal of $50,000
We are currently the group with the most members and we have now raised $25,000 in loans in less than a month. We are doing great work for the world. I only wish that there were more available loans so we could explode our team in size.
Right now I'm listening to Creating a World Without Poverty by Muhammed Yunus which I downloaded from audible.com. He is the Noble Peace Prize winner in 2006. He started the whole low-cost micro finance industry, decades ago, by setting up Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. I found it interesting that in order to receive a loan from the bank you had to agree to a set of ethical values (approx 15 of them) and join a borrowing team. One of those values is to put your children in school. Since Islam does not promote educating the young in anything but the Koran, Yunus has cleverly realized that to get people out of the grips of poverty that people need to work together and educating children is a central goal.
Update: The ethical values I was referring to in the post from Yunus' book are called "The Sixteen Decisions".
Decision #7 is: We shall educate our children and ensure that they can earn to pay for their education.
Posted by Tropical Pete at 1:25 PM