Bangladesh has launched an investigation of Yunus’ Grameen Bank. The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh cracked down on microloans, citing a scourge of suicides by over-indebted borrowers. Even Yunus himself took to the New York Times to blast “megaprofits” made by some microcredit banks. The backlash against microcredit questions the myth that the poor can easily climb out of poverty with some credit; or that microcredit can be financially self-sustaining. Microcredit is supposed to be a lifeline for borrowers, a winner for investors, and a self-funding route out of poverty for the world. The reality is far more complex.
Short-hop regional flights could be running on batteries in a few years.
The artifacts were often made from found objects – an Ivory dish-soap bottle transformed into an earthenware figure.
On New Year’s Eve 1899, the captain of this Pacific steamliner sailed into history. Or did he?