New Spirit in the Peace Corps

The idealism still exists, but with a patina of professionalism

The best thing Harry Banks did in Kenya was put himself out of a job. A community organizer with a degree in marketing, Banks, 42, joined the Peace Corps in 1982 and left Gary for Nairobi. Last year he was called on to help organize the Kenya Women Finance Trust, the brainchild of a group of local businesswomen who had $50,000 in funds from the Ford Foundation for their project. Banks supervised the hiring of a staff, raised extra funds and set up a six-week bookkeeping course for his loan applicants as well as a procedure for granting loans to small...

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