Grameen Koota - The Borrowers
Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
64Trip End Sep 27, 2008
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I have been deeply involved with discussions of how one defines poverty and measures progress out of poverty. These range from the very simple Grameen 10 indicators (roof over head, food, clothing, school, clean water, latrines, etc) to a very complex statistical formula.
But after having visited a number of villages and carefully observed the borrowers - I have a new one - the "Marty Jenkins Countenance/Radiance Indicator." I particularly noted the leaders in each of the villages - and I concluded that the members of the group could be randonmly seated - and one could pick out the leader of the group - purely by observing the countenance and radiance of the women. I discussed this with Vikash and Niranjan and they felt that this is a correct observation. To watch these leaders glow and act so confident is amazing and I feel a true testiment to the empowerment that microcredit provides.
Included are pictures of village meetings, members and some of their businesses.