Stories

Lessons in Using Money for Good
From Those Who Have the Least of It
August 14, 2019

Mentoring Magic

Najmul, a Branch Manager for BRAC in Bangladesh, shows how the mentors help guide women on their journey out of ultra-poverty.
July 25, 2019
worn hands

Vanishing Fingerprints

The aging herder stooped as he looked closely at the scanner.  The teller told him to put a fingertip on a small rectangle of glass.  He […]
May 2, 2019

How Immigrants in America Get the Job Done

The story of Parbati comes from the Case Study “Nepali Immigrants and Their Disproportional Role in Building Livelihoods in New York City” by Krishna Prasad Subedi […]
April 10, 2019

Rwanda’s Precarious Renaissance

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December 19, 2018

The Attitude that Will Bring an End to Extreme Poverty

At its core, poverty is a social construct.  It comes from systems developed by humans.  Ending extreme poverty, then, requires changing the systems that create it.  […]
October 16, 2018

Abia Becomes an Asset Manager

Abia nodded as she listened to the woman who said she worked for BRAC, one of the world’s largest and best nonprofits, located in Bangladesh. Abia […]
September 12, 2018

Bright Yana:
Shoeless Shoe Repairer

  Last summer I served as a trainer on a visit by the heads of social protection (anti-poverty) programs from countries of Africa and the Caribbean to […]
August 29, 2018

“I’ve Been Working to Improve
the Community Since I Was 18″

Savings Groups: Financial Services that People in Poverty Can Manage by Themselves   Jeff Ashe was the person who introduced me to microfinance 35 years ago.  […]
June 22, 2018

How the World’s Best Nonprofit
Finds the Right People to Help

Mahmuda explains how BRAC selected her to be part of their Ultra-Poor Graduation Program.
May 25, 2018
Golenoor and her granddaughter

From Starving to Thriving for $300

Golenoor Escapes Poverty’s Trap Golenoor used the corner of her shawl to wipe tears from her eyes as she told me about what her life had […]