Small Loans, Big Dreams, 2022 Edition: Grameen Bank and the Microfinance Revolution in Bangladesh, America, and Beyond


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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.92 inches | 1.33 pounds

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About the Author

Alex Counts founded Grameen Foundation and became its President and CEO in 1997. A Cornell University graduate, Counts's commitment to poverty eradication deepened as a Fulbright scholar in Bangladesh, where he trained under Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, and co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Since its modest beginnings, Grameen Foundation has grown to become a leading international humanitarian organization. Counts is also the author of When in Doubt, Ask for More, and 213 Other Life and Career Lessons for the Mission-Driven Leader (Rivertowns, 2020); Small Loans, Big Dreams: How Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and Microfinance Are Changing the World (Wiley, 2008), and numerous articles in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Washington Post, and other publications. Today he is an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations and an adjunct professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland College Park. Learn more about Alex Counts at


"With a storyteller's eye for the affecting detail, Counts reveals the early years of Yunus and Grameen's efforts, in villages and the corridors of power, to bring microloans and opportunity to the 'functionally landless' of Bangladesh, especially women 'isolated from their society by illiteracy, poverty, and custom.' Counts's clear-eyed, practical-minded accounts are affecting, especially nuts-and-bolts accounts of loan recipients' first entrepreneurial efforts and what lessons they (and Counts and company) learn. The case studies here never shy away from the harshness of life or the setbacks loan recipients can face, though they (and the copious new data and research Counts presents) remain persuasive: microfinance changes lives."-Publishers Weekly BookLife (Editor's Pick)
"An edifying work and a thorough introduction to an important issue of social justice."-Kirkus Reviews
"This latest edition of Small Loans, Big Dreams offers fresh new insights on the young history of microfinance in the United States. A must-read for anyone interested in the field and its evolving worldwide impact."-Andrea Jung, President and CEO of Grameen America

"The appeal of this book is in the people it profiles. . . . It takes the reader deeply into the lives of very poor self-employed women who are Grameen bank customers . . . presenting them to us in a way that brings these individuals to life. We come to care about them, and that makes the book a pleasure to read. . . . Counts offers a first-hand narrative that deeply enhances readers' understanding of microfinance's multifaceted impact."-Elisabeth Rhyne, NextBillion