Producer's Companion Website
The producer's companion website provides an extended list of resources, highlighted borrower profiles and updates, organization profiles, Action Group startup information, and a more in-depth overview of microcredit history, issues, and innovations.
Organizations Mentioned in the Documentary
ACCIÓN International is one of the early pioneers in the microcredit movement. It consists of a network of regulated financial institutions (or institutions working to become such) serving Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa. ACCIÓN International also provides microfinance services in the United States via a separate network.
ACCIÓN New York
ACCIÓN New York is a member of the U.S. ACCIÓN Network and serves microentrepreneurs in the New York metropolitan region.
BRAC is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world. It serves the poorest people in Bangladesh through microfinance, education, health, social development, human rights and legal services.
BYU Center for Economic Self-Reliance
The BYU Center for Economic Self-Reliance is an action research center promoting economic self-reliance through the understanding of improved and innovative interventions and effective practitioner delivery.
Citigroup has been instrumental in sponsoring many microcredit efforts and activities through its foundation and is a lead sponsor of the 2005 United Nations' International Year of Microcredit.
Count Me In
Count Me In is the first online microfinance institution providing loans, consulting, and business development services to women in the United States.
Compartamos is one of the earliest regulated financial institutions serving the poor in Latin America. It is the largest microfinance institution in Mexico and is part of the ACCIÓN Network.
FINCA International is one of the other early pioneers in the microcredit movement and now consists of programs in Latin America, Africa, and the Newly Independent States (NIS). Its Village Banking methodology is used by many other microfinance organizations throughout the world.
The Grameen Bank is another one of the early pioneers in the microcredit movement. They are a regulated bank that focuses on microentrepreneurial efforts in Bangladesh. They are part of the larger Grameen Family of organizations focused on multiple efforts to alleviate poverty. The Grameen Bank methodology is utilized by many other microfinance institutions throughout the world.
Grameen Foundation USA
Grameen Foundation USA is a nonprofit organization that provides funding, technical assistance, and technology expertise to new and existing microfinance institutions. It fights poverty through a microfinance network of 52 partners in 22 countries in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East.
HELP International is a college-student initiated and run organization that places college-age volunteers in Latin America to work with existing community-based programs—including microcredit institutions.
Mibanco is Peru's first regulated, commercial bank dedicated to providing financial services to microentrepreneurs. They are part of the ACCIÓN Network. At its founding, then named Acción Comunitaria del Perú, it was one of the early pioneers in the microcredit movement.
Microcredit Summit Campaign
The Microcredit Summit Campaign is a large association of microcredit practitioners, advocates, educational institutions, donor agencies, international financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, and others involved with microcredit that promotes best practices in the field. Together, they are working towards a goal of reaching 175 million of the world's poorest families through microcredit by the end of 2015.
ProMujer is a microfinance institution that provides health and business development education along with normal microfinance services. They have programs in four Latin American countries.
Swayam Krishi Sangam
Swayam Krishi Sangam (SKS) is a microfinance institution that uses the Grameen Methodology to provide microcredit services in India. SKS is a Unitus partner.
Matthew Bishop, business editor of The Economist, is an active proponent for microcredit and one of the advisors for the 2005 International Year of Microcredit.
The United Nations declared 2005 to be the International Year of Microcredit. A portion of Small Fortunes was shown at the launch of the International Year of Microcredit in November 2004. Multiple events are planned worldwide to both raise awareness about microcredit's impact and to celebrate its successes.
Unitus is a nonprofit facilitator providing capacity building and loan capital to existing, high-potential microfinance institutions in order to greatly accelerate their growth and impact. They have seven partners in three countries.
Visayas Enterprise Foundation
The Visayas Enterprise Foundation is a microfinance institution in the Philippines that uses the Grameen Methodology. They also provide business development consulting and training as well as insurance services. They are a partner of Enterprise Mentors International.
The Yehu Bank is a microfinance program working in rural Kenya. Yehu is working to develop a variety of MicroFranchise businesses, including virgin coconut oil, fruit drying, and honey production to create more substantial income-generating opportunities for its 7,000 clients.
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