Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus

Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 3:00pm

Photo © Hummingbird Pictures.

What if you could harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of hunger, poverty, and inequality?

Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, airing Wednesday, March 14 at 3 p.m. on WXXI World (DT21.2/cable 524), takes a compelling look at one Nobel Peace Prize winner's attempt to harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of poverty, hunger and inequality. Muhammad Yunus — one of only seven people in the world to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal — pioneered the innovative banking program known as microcredit. The program, which provides poor people with small loans they can use to launch businesses, has since spread to every continent and has benefited more than 100 million families. More recently, Yunus felt the need to move beyond microcredit into other fields, including healthcare. Bonsai People examines how he, in partnership with some of the world's most visionary businesses, launched ventures designed to tackle social problems. One such collaboration with Danone provides affordable, nutritious yogurt for malnourished children in Bangladesh. 

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