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Episode 3: Power of Enterprise

The third program in the series looks at how social entrepreneurs are working to break the cycle of poverty by empowering people to earn a living. Among the foremost of these is Muhammad Yunus, a.k.a., "the banker to the poor," whose Grameen Bank has provided 4.7 billion dollars in loans to 4.4 million families in Bangladesh and inspired similar credit operations in a hundred countries. "I saw the conventional banking standing on its head," says Yunus of his project. "So I turned it around so it can stand on its feet." This episode also travels to the jungle city of Pucallpa, Peru, where Albina Ruiz Rios has been forming micro-enterprises to clean up garbage that is sullying the environment, contaminating water and causing disease in poor neighborhoods. And it ventures into the violence-plagued slums of Rio de Janeiro, where Maria Teresa "Tete" Leal leads the Coopa-Roca sewing cooperative, a fair labor shop that creates clothes seen on the runways of the high-fashion world.

Film Credits

ALBINA RUIZ

  • DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jon Shenk
  • PRODUCER: Camille Servan-Schreiber
  • SOUND: Doug Dunderdale
  • EDITOR: Andrew Gersh
  • SPECIAL THANKS: Nadine Freeman

MARIA TERESA LEAL

  • PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Camille Servan-Schreiber
  • CO-PRODUCER: Bonni Cohen
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER: Banks Tarver
  • SOUND: Yan Cardillo Saldanha and Leandro Lima Rodrigues
  • EDITOR: Andrew Gersh
  • ADDITIONAL EDITING: Josh Peterson
  • ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Annelise Wunderlich
  • ARCHIVE: TV Globo Brazil
  • SPECIAL THANKS: Claire Fallender

MUHAMMAD YUNUS

  • PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Charles C. Stuart
  • CAMERA/VIDEOGRAPHER: Minhaz Moslem
  • EDITOR: Sid Levin
  • SOUND: Hanif
  • PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS: Melissa Anthony, Phebe Rand, Joe Sousa
  • SPECIAL THANKS: Muhammad Jahangir, Nurjahan Begum

Series Credits

HOST

Robert Redford

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

David Davis

SERIES PRODUCERS

Mike Malone

Bob Grove

MUSIC COMPOSED AND CONDUCTED BY

Christopher Hedge
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MUSICAL GUESTS

Paul Horn - Flutes

Titos Sompa - African Instruments

OPB National Production

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS

Kami Horton

Kelly Davis

AUDIO POST PRODUCTION

Digital One

BUSINESS AFFAIRS

Susan Smith

DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO

Victoria Morgan

GRAPHICS

Sandy Engel

Marshall Arts Motion Graphics

LEGAL SERVICES

Kristin Ingram

NATIONAL PROMOTION

Selena Lauterer

Nimmi Singh

Kim Helton

ONLINE EDITOR

Bruce Barrow

POST PRODUCTION

Howard Beckerman

PRODUCTION SERVICES

Milt Ritter

PRODUCTION AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

Cheri Arbini

Susan Boyd

SR. DIRECTOR, NATIONAL PRODUCTION

John Booth

SPECIAL THANKS

Skywalker Ranch

SPECIAL THANKS

The Flora Family Foundation

EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION

Jack Galmiche