This relates to the microfinance stuff pioneered by Mohammad Yunus, which is a great way to help people raise themselves from poverty, via small loans, almost always paid back.
Their work is centered around the poorest people in the world who typically live on less than $1 a day and are based in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Check out http://grameenfoundation.org/where-we-work
Here are three ways you can help!
StopPovertyNow.org is an interactive website created by Grameen Foundation to educate, engage and inspire people to join in the fight against poverty. With a donation of as little as $10, you can make a difference in the life of a poor woman and her family.
Celebrate $27 on the 27th is an online movement celebrating the day in 1976 when Nobel Peace Prize winner and Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus sparked the global microfinance movement by making a loan of $27 to a group of 42 Bangladeshi women out of his own pocket. Since that day, microfinance has empowered millions of women around the world by providing tiny loans that they use to help start or improve a small business, provide for their families and escape the cycle of poverty. On the 27th of each month, remind the world that poverty is unnecessary and that one person can help change the lives of the world's poorest. Join in the celebration!
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign. Through CFC, U.S. federal civilian, postal, and military employees can support eligible nonprofit organizations, such as Grameen Foundation, which combats poverty among the world’s poorest through microfinance and technology. By designating Grameen Foundation CFC#15029 in your pledge form or online during the campaign period (Sept. 1 – Dec. 15), you can help poor women build small businesses and put themselves on the road to financial self-sufficiency.