Mainstream Micro-Lending

Charities take a backseat to doing social good through microloans

Implications - It only takes a small amount of money from individuals part of a much larger collective to have a big impact on the world. The most appealing aspect to micro-lending to the public isn't just that it's low risk (the large majority of loans are paid back), but the more personal & communal aspect of micro-lending.
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