Help people help themselves: That's the idea rn behind microcredit. Small loans-sometimes no more than $50-can rn radically improve the life of a poor family. Where development aid and rn billion-dollar loans fail, microcredit is emerging as the success story in rn the battle against world poverty. rn rn People who were previously considered "unbankable" no longer have rn to look to loan sharks for funding. With microcredit, they can become rn owners of small businesses. And it turns out they nearly always repay rn their loans on time. In many countries, professional organizations have rn become active in the field of microfinancing. rn rn To research this book, Kamp traveled to Kenya, Uganda, Bolivia and rn India to speak with the people who grant microcredit and those who rn receive it. Their stories make it clear that microcredit is a tremendous rn stimulus for economic and social development and, in particular, for rn people's self-awareness. rn rn Co-founder and editor-in-chief of Ode magazine, Jurriaan Kamp has rn published two previous books, Because People Matter: Building an rn Economy That Works for Everyone (2000) and It Is Possible (1998). rn rn Praise for Jurriaan Kamp's Because People Matter: rn rn "A wonderful and concise handbook of how modern economic theory rn has dealt a body blow to the prospect of a humane world. Jurriaan Kamp rn shows the vectors of change that can lead us away from being economic rn ciphers to a system that enlivens and redefines what it means to be a rn human being." rn PAUL HAWKEN, rn Environmentalist, Entrepreneur and Author of The Ecology of Commerce rn rn "A powerfully persuasive chronicle of why opposition to the current brand rn of globalization is certain to grow." rn JEFF GATES,rn Author of The Ownership Solution and Democracy at Risk rn rn ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Co-founder and editor-in-chief of Ode magazine, JURRIAAN KAMP has pubilished two previous books, Because People Matter: Building an Economy that Works for Everyone (2000) and It Is Possible (1998).