Muhammad Yunus, Micro Lender

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"Grameen believes that charity is not an answer to poverty," Dr. Yunus wrote on the organization's web site. "It only helps poverty to continue. It creates dependency and takes away individual's initiative to break through the wall of poverty. Unleashing of energy and creativity in each human being is the answer to poverty. One day," Yunus has said, "our grandchildren will go to museums to see what poverty was like."

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