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Bangladesh, Social Collateral and the worlds Largest NGO

My adventure into Bangladesh took me to places I could never imagine. It was truly a unique experience that I will never forget. Working with Brac, the worlds largest NGO, I was able to get an inside look at how microloans are administered in a country that lacks most of the modern infrastructure that we take for granted. ATM’s…nope, sorry, not in rural Bangladesh. To give out loans and retrieve payments Brac has formulated a way to get the loan money back the old fashioned way. By sending the banker out to the rural villages to get the loan payments back. The bank literally comes to them!
Over the course of the month that I spent in Bangladesh we had the opportunity to visit many different villages and see many different Brac programs. It became very obvious that Brac has it’s hand in almost every aspect of Bangladeshi society from offering free legal services to women in need, to giving microloans for families to start a business, breeding new varieties plants for crops and even opening Brac funded schools all across the country. It was hard to take but a few steps in Bangladesh without seeing a Brac sign, office or Brac school. In Bangladesh, Brac is everywhere.
Check out some of the travel posts I made about my experience there.

Getting ready for rural Bangladesh

BRAC intership staff
BRAC internship staff intro

A general explanation of how Brac operates microloans

Women from a rural village gather around to here about the BRAC programs
Women from a rural village gather around to here about the BRAC programs

Brac has started a fair trade store called Aarong to sell goods made by Bangladeshi artisans

Getting on a lungi for the first time without help would be impossible
Getting on a lungi for the first time without help would be impossible

The Brac schools of Bangladesh

BRAC worker escorting us into the BRAC school near Rangpur Bangladesh
BRAC worker escorting us into the BRAC school near Rangpur Bangladesh

Dinajpur Rajburi: Zaminders Palace

Ruins of Rajburi: Me under the Arch
Me under the preserved archway in the main courtyard in the Dinajpur Rajburi

The Kantaji Temple, Dinajpur Bangladesh

A look at the Kantajew Temple from the entrance.
A look at the Kantajew Temple from the entrance.

Lalbagh Fort; Old Dhaka

Kella Lalbagh locals enjoy the Kella Lalbagh fort
Kella Lalbagh locals enjoy the Kella Lalbagh fort

Free Legal Service to women in need

Human Rights and Legal Services by Brac: Worlds Largest NGO

New Market, Dhaka

New Market entrance Dhaka
You get a sense of the age of the New Market from this shot.