Muhammad Yunus becomes a Nobel Laureate for developing a small loan system for the impoverished.
I've long wanted to dive into the details of such things, but haven't had the time. In the past I have wondered why the loans generally go to women. Are the men poor investments? Are they already at a position where they don't need such loans?
Perhaps I can study this eventually. For now, I'll have to wander around Catholic Relief Services' microfinancing page