Because They're Worth It (2000)

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The nineteenth programme in a thirty part series which tackles complex issues of globalisation and growing inequality. Out of a total Chinese population of 1.3 billion, there are 42 million Chinese who are poor. A microcredit scheme funded by Unicef in China is helping people to break out of the cycle of poverty and ignorance by providing people, particularly women, with small loans,basic health information and education. Tells the stories of three women who have benefited from the loans system: two friends in Wang San Ping village, near the Chinese border with Burma who used their money to build plastic greenhouses to grow vegetables all year round; and an 83-year-old woman from the Bai Yi caste in Mei Gu, a clan-based slave society until 1956 whose family is now free.

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