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Old September 21, 2004, 10:16 AM
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Default Grameen Bank gives beggars phones instead of cash

Its a old news. But I thought its worthwhile to mention here.


"Grameen Bank, famous for pioneering micro-credit programs in Bangladesh, has launched a new idea to empower the poor: arming beggars with mobile phones so they can sell a roving service for cash."


http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default...5-9-2004_pg9_3


I am not sure its going to work. But I have to admit, very innovative idea.
At least they are trying to solve problems with a very different and unconventional approach.
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Old September 21, 2004, 02:21 PM
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Is this some kind of a prank or is it a real news! Does nayone have any Bangladeshi newspaper to validate this?
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Old September 21, 2004, 03:17 PM
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Originally posted by ghor_jamai
Is this some kind of a prank or is it a real news! Does nayone have any Bangladeshi newspaper to validate this?
The news looks like valid as this news can be found in lots of web site. Here are some of them:

http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle...4&section=news

http://www.mobilemonday.net/mm/story.php?story_id=3763

http://www.smartmobs.com/archive/200...ives_begg.html

http://www.starofmysore.com/main.asp...lers&item=1755


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydispl...ondsubsection=
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Old September 21, 2004, 05:38 PM
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Fazal;

thanks for putting the links. Sometimes, I wonder what Grameen Bank is really trying to achieve. If this was another of Dr. Yunus' idea of cell phone for economic emancipation, then it reminds me of "gorur rochona". If you grew up in Bangladesh you'll know what I mean't by "gorur rochona".
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Old September 21, 2004, 11:02 PM
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Who pays for the phone bills. Would it be Grameen Phones.
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Old September 21, 2004, 11:26 PM
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Who pays for the phone bills. Would it be Grameen Phones.
mate beggers in our country are one of the good money makers...they already hav mobile phones frm b4...so, is not tht hard to pay the bills.
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Old September 21, 2004, 11:53 PM
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200SX, By our country do you mean Australia or Bangladesh because your thing says your in AUstralia.
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Old September 22, 2004, 01:07 AM
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oh dont misunderstand me..im in Aus, but orginally frm Bangladesh....
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u must got it
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Old September 22, 2004, 11:21 AM
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it's a great idea I think. Now beggars will come in touch of modern electronic technology.
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