"When I gave them that money, I didn’t think much about it at that time. But the villagers’ excitement — they looked at me like I had liberated them." … Since its beginning, the micro-finance model of providing life-altering loans — most for amounts under $200 — to help expand or start a self-sustaining enterprise has helped more than 8.2 million of the world’s poorest people to become self-reliant. (Micro Finance story at CNN)

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