101cours de l'Yser,
33 800 Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 94 5424
33 800 Bordeaux
After reading your book, Vers un monde sans pauvrete, I felt moved. I admired your way to reach your target group with courage and your effort to create a production activity to help poor people.
I myself have been around the world; in India, too. I admired the beauty of the landscape, the solemnity of the temples, how alive and nice are the people and how sweet the children! I was impressed by the big contrast between very few rich people and so many poor people. In Italy, too, specially in the south of the country, there are many poor people.
I am from Salerno, in southern Italy, not far from Naples where I have been living for 50 years. During the second world war I was a pilot and at the end of the war, I became a contractor. The results of my work are quite satisfactory, but I often feel sad because of my desire to help the poor people who need jobs. In Naples too, there are thousands of young people who have no jobs.
Our government is strongly committed to help the poor and the unemployed. But there is little success so far because of the bureaucracy.
There are many problems for those who want to start working on their own and the banks don't support and help the poor and unemployed. Existing rules don't help the individual who could start working on his or her own thanks to the talent and good will that each person posses.
We all should help these people form the beginning, by giving them the money they need to start their business activity.
Let's fund a Grameen Bank in Naples too.
I am ready to get involved in such a plan concerning south Italy.
I am not, the only one; there are many others who could join me. I hope that you will help me in this project to fund a Bank Grameen for poor people, here in Naples.
De Martino Luigi
Via G. Jannelli, 218
80131 Napoli (ITALIA)
December 4, 1998
Grameen Bank Kyrgyzstan!
Professor Rahat Achylova
Chairman of WID
Kyrgyz Republic Moskovskaya 53, Bishkek
Tel : 3312 22 7847
Fax : 3312 22 6035
December 21, 1998
Joining the Fight
The average student is a third or fourth year bachelor student (with basic background in agronomy, animal husbandry, economics and management). The standard period of fieldwork could range between 3-8 months, according to the task assigned to them.
Ideas That Agitate!
I have a big idea about initiating a microcredit project in my country. Why is this idea great for me?
I'm a woman who has the chance to get a good position in a company living in a poor country? I had the chance to have a university degree and receive training in foreign countries. Therefore, I feel I have certain responsibilities with my own society.
I don't believe that charity helps our social problem. It is too great at present. We do not have any local policy, nor any international organisation to help people.
I'm a hard working woman. I believe in my capacity to lead a team. I am as much open-minded as I can be.
I have friends and relatives in this country whom I can trust. I can convince them to work.
But I'm not an economist. I have a degree in chemistry with a background in enterprise management and organisation.
I'm concerned for not being astute. I cannot be manipulated by politicians. I don't have any capital.
My country, Argentina, is not Bangladesh. How can this cultural differences permit me to launch a microcredit project. Buenos Aires City and its surroundings is more or less like USA. Poverty here means marginalization. People here tend to feel that they are out of the system and their only recourse is to crime. But what about the rest of the country? It is really a different country. There poverty has more dignity, so it could be closer to Bangladesh.
To be honest, I don't know Bangladesh. I learnt about it only through the media. These comments represent the ideas that agitate my mind.
Therefore, I would appreciate if you could either support my idea or contradict it. Do you believe this idea would be feasible here? If it is so: How can I start?
Billinghurst 2248 9no. "A"
T1425 - Buenes Aires
January 31, 1999.
Helping to Explain
In response to your request when you visited Japan last October, I am now sending my undergraduate thesis on the Grameen Bank, titled Human Development of Women in the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh - shedding lights on the last colony, women in developing countries. I am very sorry for the delay in sending this document, because I was in Zimbabwe end of last year for field research on saving clubs there.
Although, the thesis is written in Japanese, it will be great pleasure if it could help Japanese people visiting the Grameen Bank in explaining its contribution to empowerment of women in Bangladesh.
I read that Grameen Bank is faced with a financial difficulty after the big flood last year and has requested the World Bank for assistance. I wish that the Grameen Bank could overcome this hard time and continue to assist poor people in Bangladesh.
58-38 Terayama Hirono-cho
Uji Cily, Kyoto 611 0031 Japan
Tel & Fax : 81-774-44-6695
E-mail: [email protected]
February 3, 1999.