A few years ago, I had the good fortune to hear Mohammad Yunus, pioneer of the microlending program, speak in Argentina. Not only did all 6000 of us in the audience fall in love with him, we were awed by the power of his program to help people lift themselves out of poverty. Click here to buy the book.
His book provides a glimpse of this powerful program and the editorial review includes this statement: Yunus's theories work. Grameen Bank has provided 3.8 billion dollars to 2.4 million families in rural Bangladesh. Today, more than 250 institutions in nearly 100 countries operate micro-credit programs based on the Grameen methodology, placing Grameen at the forefront of a burgeoning world movement toward eradicating poverty through micro-lending.
Grameen is profiled by Fast Company in the January issue of Social Capitalist awards.
Also, here is a link to a fascinating interview about this program.