Wednesday 7th November 2012
The vision of Muhammad Yunus
What if you could harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and inequality?
To some it sounds impossible, but Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is doing just that.
As the founder of Grameen Bank, Yunus pioneered microcredit, the innovative banking program that provides poor people – mainly women – with small loans they use to launch businesses and lift their families out of poverty. In the past thirty years, microcredit has spread to every continent and benefited over 100 million families. His Grameen Bank currently lends to one out of every 1,000 people on earth and with a 98% rate of return – unheard of in the financial world.
But Muhammad Yunus didn’t stop there. Now, Yunus goes beyond microcredit to pioneer the idea of social business – a completely new way to use the creative vibrancy of business to tackle social problems from poverty and pollution to inadequate health care and lack of education. Bonsai People shows how Yunus – in partnership with some of the world’s most visionary businesses – is launching purposely designed social ventures.
While Muhammad Yunus didn’t invent the notion of doing business for social good – it is a concept that needed a leader, Yunus has become that person.
Bonsai People is an emotionally compelling documentary film that explores the work and vision of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus.
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