Taking Off Tonight

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Sep 27, 2008

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Welcome to my Travel Blog to Bali - India and Bangladesh.  I welcome comments from you during my trip.  You will see a link to send me an e-mail as well as you will find a link to unsubscribe if you like.

I am looking forward to embarking on what I expect will be the most significant and fulfilling trip of my life.

I will first be going to Bali for the Asian Pacific Microcredit Summit which starts July 28.  There will be around 1,000 microcredit practitioners from all over the world attending this four day conference with the three top world leaders in microcredit being among the keynote speakers at the conference:  Muhammad Yunus of Grameen Bank, Fazle Abed of BRAC and Shafiqual Haque Choudhury of ASA.  All three of these are founders of their institutions which have been immensely successful Microcredit organizations in Bangladesh.  Together they have loaned out approximately $20 billion to approximately 20 million people (97% women) with typically 5 people in each family which means that 100 million of the 150 million people in Bangladesh are being impacted by microcredit.

In India Niranjan Sheelavant who is the Founder and CEO of Nirantara Community Services and Dr. B. K. Kulkarni who is Director of Grameen Trust, India will be my hosts.  I met and spent a great deal of quality time with the two of them during my trip last November to Bangladesh and Grameen Dialogue.

After the Microcredit Summit in Bali, I will be traveling to India to spend six weeks (August 2 - September 19) obtaining a first hand knowledge and experience of microcredit, microfranchising and development - as well as supporting my two friends and their microcredit programs in any way that I can.  From India I will be going to Bangladesh for one week (September 19 - 26) to visit Grameen-Danone, which is the model Social Business that Yunus has written about in his new book - Creating a World Without Poverty.  Additionally I will be visiting Grameen Eyecare Hospital  (another Social Business), Grameen Fisheries, as well as meeting with others friends in Grameen Bank and Grameen Trust.  I have asked to meet with Professor Yunus - but am not sure he will even be in town.

Here is a link to Marty's Bangladesh Trip Blog (November/December 2007) for any who are interested in reviewing that.
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