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View Resource Microcredit Loans Continue to Improve the Lives of the Rural Poor

In 1976, Dr. Muhammad Yunus lent a small amount of money (approximately $27) to a group of 42 women near his home in the port city of Chittagong in Bangladesh. Out of this rather inauspicious beginning, the roots were planted for the Grameen Bank (Grameen means village in Bengali), an organization that has made over $4 billion in small loans to poor Bangladeshis in an effort to provide credit, or...
View Resource The Ricksha Arts of Bangladesh

Created and maintained by Joanna Kirkpatrick, a cultural and social anthropologist, this modest but attractive site celebrates a unique popular art of Bangladesh: "the paintings and decorations on the three-wheeled cycle ricksha or 'rickshaw.'" Based on Kirkpatrick's field visits between 1975 and 1998, this site offers an image collection of riotously colored and decorated rickshas, presented as...