14 Living on One Dollar and Liliana

I watched the movie ‘Living on One Dollar’ (which is on Netflix) this weekend.  It follows four college kids as they live on an average of $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. They learn first hand about the struggles with getting enough calories, parasites and other hardships.  While this shows an extreme hardship for most Americans, this is the reality for over 1.1 billion people around the world.   They try microcredit (through a microfinance institution in Guatemala) and they track the results of others in their community who take micro-loans.  They used their loan (of US$125) to start a radish farm and had great success.  They followed others who benefited greatly from loans through the microcredit organization.  At one point they commented on how the micro-lending may be one of the only options for people starting out or recovering from natural disaster.

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