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Microcredit >> small loans with a huge impact on global poverty
expert ERIC THURMAN speaks at View Points - A Billion Bootstraps
Thursday October 4 (7 p.m.) at Harbourfront Centre ($5 admission)

Microcredit has emerged as the little engine that could help transform the way we view and deal with global poverty. Find out the issues, the methods and the impact that microcredit is currently having worldwide when international consultant and author Eric Thurman comes to speak at View Points - A Billion Bootstraps on Thursday October 4 at Harbourfront Centre. This one hour event ($5 admission at the door) will be hosted by prominent Toronto bookseller Ben McNally.

Last year microcredit compounded its international profile when the Nobel Peace Prize was coawarded to Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank. For more than 30 years both have helped develop this grassroots business-driven philosophy into a global financial force copied around the globe. With more than 80% of the reported 113,000,000 loans being given to women, microcredit has also directly empowered those often left out of traditional aid arrangements.

Eric Thurman, through his own investments of both money and experience, has been an influential exponent of microcredit first as the president of large microfinance firm Opportunity International and later as a cofounder of Geneva Global - a consulting firm directing wealthy individuals and foundations where and how to invest their philanthropic dollars. Now, Thurman has coauthored the book A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and The Business Solution for Ending Poverty (2007, McGraw-Hill Ryerson), which unearths the roots of the microcredit revolution and illustrates how “barefoot bankers” enable impoverished people to start small businesses, support their families, and improve local economies. The book reviews microcredit's history and provides advice on how to work with microcredit institutions. (More information at www.abillionbootstraps.com)

View Points is a contemporary culture discussion series focusing on artistic issues and current affairs local, national and international. A Billion Boostraps is presented by Community and Educational Programs (C&EP) and International Readings at Harbourfront Centre (IRAH) with the assistance of McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd.

For public information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

Harbourfront Centre is located 235 Queen's Quay West, Toronto.

We are currently confirming interviews for Eric Thurman. Please add this event to your listings.

Media please contact:
Shane Gerard - Ph: 416-973-4518 or sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Becky Toyne - Ph: 416-973- 5836 or btoyne@harbourfrontcentre.com
Doug Blair (for McGraw-Hill) - Ph: 905-430-5134 or dougb@mcgrawhill.ca

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