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Microfinance visualized

It’s hard to actually follow the advice of the slogan to “Visualize World Peace.” But below is a pretty cool video that allows you visualize reducing poverty — or at least watch microloans flying all over the world.

Thanks to David Roodman at the Center for Global Development for pointing this out (and for noting that Kiva’s microfinance program is not quite as advertised. But this video at least gives you a good sense of how popular these micro-loans have become … and it’s fun to watch. I think they could’ve picked better music, however. The William Tell Overture?):

Intercontinental Ballistic Microfinance from Kiva on Vimeo.


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.