Though I saw the news item awarding a Nobel Peace Prize to "Bangladesh Bankers," I didn’t bother to get to the story behind the story. Though I once spent a few hours in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on a layover between Paris and Bangkok, it just didn’t spark that much interest.

That’s too bad, because it’s a good story. And, nevermind, because John Venlet, a mortgage broker, has the goods. Warms my heart, all over, and makes up a bit for a few of my last enraged posts.

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, lifestyle...to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More


  1. prying1 on October 15, 2006 at 17:45

    I saw this story in the news and thought of blogging on it but got sidetracked and didn't. I'm glad you posted on it. Non-governmental programs like this need the recognition they deserve. Good posting! Thanks –

  2. durante vita on October 15, 2006 at 11:17

    Glad you point out microfinance programs. I did. It is good for the world.

  3. John Venlet on October 16, 2006 at 09:32

    Rich, you should probably check out my redaction post in regards to Yunus and the Nobel. Sorry. Here's the link to it.

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