TO CATCH A DOLLAR: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America



Full length Feature: 85 minutes

Edited: 60 minutes

Cinema Release: 2011

Format: 35mm, DVD


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TO CATCH A DOLLAR: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America

What prevents poor people from getting ahead? Banks refuse to give credit without collateral. Where commercial banks see insolvency, Nobel Peace Prize–winning economist Muhammad Yunus sees opportunity. His groundbreaking Grameen Bank in Bangladesh was built on the radical notion that if you loan poor women money within the context of peer support, not only will they repay and sustain the bank, but they’ll elevate their communities in the process. With millions of microloans to rural entrepreneurs in developing countries, Grameen is now audaciously importing its methods to the bastion of first-world capitalism: the U.S.A. First stop: Queens, New York. With an intimate camera capturing both buoyant and despairing moments, TO CATCH A DOLLAR: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America chronicles the evolution of the the first Grameen America  microfinance branch. Will the solidarity principles translate to a diverse group of inner-city women? As the banking industry collapses, will these intrepid social-justice nonprofit financiers succeed? One thing’s clear: we need new models to ensure prosperity for all. —Sundance Film Festival 


















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