Microcredit in Post-Conflict, Conflict, Natural Disaster, and Other Difficult Settings

Hurricane Mitch devastated much of Honduras, as well as other regions of Central America during late 1998. As a professor of social entrepreneurship and organizational behavior, I was scheduled to teach my regular load of MBA-type courses. But shocked by the unfolding havoc Mitch was unreeling as floods engulfed the area, I decided to teach a new elective for students from across the Brigham Young University campus. Called OB 490, “Becoming a Global Change Agent,” it was going to be an action research experience at mobilizing college students, training them how to change the world, organizing teams of practitioners who would help to plan and/or go to Honduras during the summer of 1999 to serve as relief and reconstruction volunteers as well as creators of new communal banks among the poor.

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