The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank

The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank

by David Bornstein


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The Price of a Dream tells the remarkable story of the Grameen Bank, the groundbreaking "village bank" that has revolutionized the way people around the world fight poverty. The Bank's model—providing collateral-free "micro-loans" for self-employment to millions of women villagers in Bangladesh—has inspired and shaped the thinking of economists, policy makers, business people, development workers and a generation of social entrepreneurs. Both liberal and conservative policy circles have championed the Bank's ability to transform the lives of its clients and help them escape the vicious cycle of deep economic hardship.
Drawing upon interviews with villagers, development workers, economists, and the Bank's founder Muhammad Yunus—a recipient of numerous humanitarian awards—the book shows how the Grameen Bank grew from an experiment in one village to an organization that lends billions of dollars in small individual loans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195187496
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 435,386
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Bornstein is a journalist who has written articles for Atlantic Monthly, Details, Newsday, and Science. He is author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, which was described by the Iew York Times as "must reading" for "anyone who cares about building a more equitable and therefore a more stable world."

Table of Contents

Prologue: This Business of Bangles
Part I - The Idea
1. Fairy Tales
2. 856 Takas
3. Social Collateral
4. It Cannot Be Done
5. He Found You Under a Tree?
6. If You Want to Convince Us
Part II - The Villagers
7. Water Upon Land
8. It's All on Trust
9. Stirring the Money
10. Sabina Yasmin
11. The Center Meeting
12. It's Their Problem
13. Can You Walk Far?
14. A Petticoat
Part III - The Organization
15. We Don't Want Windows
16. Independence
17. A New Culture
18. A Natural and Better Fighter
19. If a Big Dam Breaks
20. This Is Her Factory
21. A Conversation
22. Peace of Mind
23. It Was Like a Fish Market
24. Little Checks and Big Checks
Part IV - The System
25. Laying the Foundation
26. I'm Not a Woman Anymore
27. The Logic of Grameen
28. Begum Rokeya
29. The Death of Ali Haider
30. Don't Think of These Things?
31. The Wisdom in Smallness
32. Armed with Information
Part V - The World
33. Credit as a Human Right
34. How Can You Go On with a Situation Like This?
35. An Expensive Way to Transfer Technology
36. A Risk Taker
37. A Great Strategizer
38. An Intensive Care Unit
39. Two Cyclones
40. If I Had to Become a Businesswoman
41. Oirashi's Final House
Part VI - The Future
42. The Golden Boat
43. One Thousand Doctors
44. The Luck of Manijira
45. An Infinite Amount of Work
46. She Turned Her Face to the Light
47. Struck by Lightning
48. The Price of the American Dream
49. Sociall Conscious Capitalism
50. Everywhere You Look
Author's Note

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Guest More than 1 year ago
The writer does an excellent job potraying the poor in this book about the Grameen Bank and Bangladesh. A truly wonderful read.