[Homestead] Grameen "banks"

Toni Hawryluk tonihawr at msn.com
Sun Sep 5 12:31:28 EDT 2004

> Tvoivozhd---compassion is a poor engine for reform---it quickly burns out and relapses to the status quo.  Self interest is more reliable.  If the poor were perceived as a potential, but undeveloped market, you would have the business class clamoring to exploit a new opportunity.  However our own poor within our own borders are perceived as worthless, indolent creatures upon which it is useless to expend money except for maintenance via soup kitchens and to some extent, temporary shelters.  Grameen banks have proven this concept to be faulty, but we do not have 
Grameen banks here or in poor Arab sections of rich Arab nations. 

When I read the "story" of the original Grameen
bank (this was some years ago) I was struck by 
two things :

first - the piddley (from a current industrialized 
population viewpoint) $.amounts which, lent to the 
"right" person, produced *such* results, and

second - that the "right" people were *all* women.

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