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Bonsai People - The Vision of M. Yunus from Microcredit to Social Business
Friday, 4 May 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus from microcredit to social business
“Poor people are bonsai people. There’s nothing wrong with their seed, society never allowed them the space to grow as tall as everybody else.” -Muhammad Yunus
Bonsai People is a feature length documentary film that explores the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and his vision from microcredit to social business.
This is a FREE movie screening event, everyone is welcome and please invite others who may be interested.
- Nolan Andres: Founder and CEO of PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. His company has been called the Robin Hood of the IT world and it's a name that seems to fit. PeaceWorks provides affordable, high-quality technological solutions to non-profit organizations and small businesses.
- Bruce Taylor: President at Enviro-Stewards Inc, which is an international environmental consulting firm.One of the earliest B-Corp certified companies in Canada.
- Popy Dimoulas-Graham: Popy is the founder of Charity Republic - a place to share volunteer experiences as well as read volunteer reviews of charities and nonprofits. It’s also a spot for charities and nonprofits to post volunteer opportunities.
- please use WLU parking (St. Michael campus) or street parking
- Some Food & Refreshment will be provided
- last updated 4/10
What if you could harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and inequality? To some, it sounds impossible.
But Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is doing exactly that. Bonsai People celebrates Yunus’ extraordinary humanitarian work, which started when he simply lent $27 to 42 people out of his own pocket. As the founder of Grameen Bank, Yunus pioneered microcredit, the innovative banking program that provides poor people – mainly women – with small loans they use to launch businesses and lift their families out of poverty. In the past thirty years, microcredit has spread to every continent and benefited over 100 million families. His Grameen Bank currently lends to one out of every 1,000 people on earth and with a 98% rate of return – unheard of in the financial world.
But Muhammad Yunus didn’t stop there. Now, Yunus goes beyond microcredit to pioneer the idea of social business – a completely new way to use the creative vibrancy of business to tackle social problems from poverty and pollution to inadequate health care and lack of education. Bonsai People shows how Yunus – in partnership with some of the world’s most visionary businesses – is launching purposely designed social ventures. From collaborating with Danone to produce affordable, nutritious yogurt for malnourished children in Bangladesh to building eyecare hospitals that will save hundreds of thousands of poor people from blindness. Bonsai People offers a glimpse into his visionary work.
While Muhammad Yunus didn’t invent the notion of doing business for social good – it is a concept that needed a leader, Yunus has become that person. The Millennium Development Goal to cut poverty in half by 2015 is one of the most courageous goals mankind has ever set for itself.
The question is how?
Bonsai People got the Audience Award for Best Film at the UNA-USA GLOBAL WAKE-UP Film Festival
Bonsai People was voted one of the Top 5 Transformational Films of 2011 by the Aware Guide.