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by Sohnia A. van der Puye


This documentary gives a current update of poverty. Update and explore what has been done in the past and the newer methods, focusing and comparing them mainly with Micro Crediting. It extensively familiarises the viewer with all the information they would need to acclimate them to the system, which solely benefits the poor in a foundation like Grameen and many others.

This film documents the process from a new loan recipient's perspective and objectively, through their guidance and relief from poverty. How the process aids them in a step-by-step process with all the support that the foundation makes available to them. To be repeated and shot in 9 countries around the world where hunger and poverty hits hardest.

The problem in most cases and has always been, is that there is no infrastructure set up for the impoverished and needy to have access to opportunities that would enable them to assist themselves. It goes back to the old proverb, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

Every region and ever country has very different factors and challenges that affect the progress of the system, depicting its likelihood for success. This film delves into all those counteractive forces that approach and how the various foundations have tackled those obstacles, in order to smoothen the process for the loan recipients, and guide them through whatever business choices they make. There are multiple micro financing organisations functioning today, some successful and others not. This film takes a look at why this is and how that affects the loan recipient.

In Northern Africa, the factors that determine the process' success, is on a different plane from what would make it successful in Southern Africa. With the same principles in application comparing the Eastern to Western Hemisphere.

There may be a solution to poverty, but until the day it is, and we start seeing a decrease in the number of people that continue to suffer and due to it. Micro Crediting is the perfect band-aid to hold the wound together until it's healed.


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts