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Microfinance: Hope in the Face of Poverty  

In conjunction with the microfinance exhibits in Voskuyl Library in Spring 2014, this Research Guide aims to empower visitors by providing both information on the origins & development of microfinance along with the opportunity to participate financially.
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Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, to Visit Campus

Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient noted for promoting microfinance, will speak at Westmont’s President’s Breakfast and during Chapel on February 28, 2014.



Further Reading

These books can be borrowed. If still available, they are located on the side table next to the first two exhibit cases on the Main Floor of the library. (The last title listed can be borrowed through ILL.)

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Portfolios of the Poor - Daryl Collins; Jonathan Morduch; Stuart Rutherford; Orlanda Ruthven
Call Number: HC79.P6 P67 2009
ISBN: 0691148198
This book takes a detailed look at the finances of households that operate on less than $2 a day.

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Half the Sky - Nicholas D. Kristof; Sheryl WuDunn
Call Number: HQ1236.5.D44 K75 2010
ISBN: 0307387097
Kristof and WuDunn reveal how financial opportunities are enabling oppressed women to pull themselves out of poverty and find justice through financial opportunity.

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UnPoverty - Mark Lutz
Call Number: HC59.7 .L88 2010
ISBN: 0982908903
The poorest people in the world enjoy rich family relationships, build vibrant communities and exude deep faith. They have much to teach us about life and inspire us with their ingenuity, persistence, generosity and self-reliance.

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A Billion Bootstraps - Eric Thurman; Philip Smith
Call Number: HG178.3 .S65 2007
ISBN: 0071489975
Smith & Thurman show why microcredit is the world's most powerful poverty-fighting movement. They unearth the roots of the microcredit revolution, revealing how the pioneering work of people such as Dr. Muhammad Yunus are giving hope to billions.

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How to Change the World - David Bornstein
Call Number: Request through Camino (ILL)
ISBN: 0195334760
Borenstein outlines how a growing number of socially-minded entrepreneurs are making an impact and doing good in the world today.


Welcome to the Microfinance Libguide!

Thank you for taking time to visit our libguide. Here you will find links to materials that will allow you to both further your knowledge about Microfinance and be enabled to participate in the Microfinance movement. 

If you have any questions about how you can be involved and get in touch with other people at Westmont who have an interest in Microfinance, feel free to email Jarrett Catlin ( 

Further Information

  • Microfinance Basics
    This website provides basic definitions regarding all things microfinance related.
  • Microfinance News
    This New York Times page covers all news related to microfinance.
  • Microfinance Focus
    This website is dedicated to bringing together all of the news most relevant to microfinance.

Books Featured in the Exhibit

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Banker to the Poor - Muhammad Yunus
Call Number: HG3290.6.A6 Y86 1999
ISBN: 1891620118
Publication Date: 1999-05-14
Yunus describes his journey in helping to establish and popularize the modern microfinance movement through the establishment of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.

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The Poor Will Be Glad - Peter Greer; Phil Smith
Call Number: BV4647.P6 G74 2009
ISBN: 0310293596
Publication Date: 2009-10-14
Co-authored by the founder of HOPE International, this book outlines meaningful ways by which thoughtful action can help to enact justice and mercy.

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Due Diligence - David Roodman
Call Number: ebook
ISBN: 9781933286488
Publication Date: 2011-12-19
Roodman uses extensive input from those involved in microfinance organizations to analyze the effectiveness of the Microfinance movement as a whole. His research leads him to believe the key to helping the poor is to deemphasize microloans and expand to focusing on other financial institutions.

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The End of Poverty - Jeffrey D. Sachs; Bono (Foreword by)
Call Number: HC59.72.P6 S225 2005
ISBN: 9780143036586
Publication Date: 2006-02-28
Sachs draws on his vast personal experience as one of the most popular economists alive to describe the current economic layout of the world and offer a means to eliminating poverty within his lifetime.

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The White Man's Burden - William Easterly
Call Number: E446 .J67
ISBN: 9781594200373
Publication Date: 2006-03-16
Easterly outlines a harsh critique of western aid by highlighting both the existence of severe poverty and how western nations have failed to alleviate it.


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