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To Catch a Dollar: Coming to a living room near you?

To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America” is an inspiring documentary that chronicles the introduction of microfinance into the U.S. economy.

Muhammad Yunus, known as the "father of microcredit," received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work with microfinance in the developing world -- creating economic and social development from the bottom up. In an attempt to break the cycle of poverty in disadvantaged U.S. communities, Yunus brought microfinance to the United States with Grameen America in 2008. Directed by Gayle Ferraro, "To Catch a Dollar" covers the birth of Grameen America and follows the inspiring trials and triumphs of its first women borrowers. 

At first thought, we may consider microloans a thing of the developing world -- inconceivable in a country with a bank seemingly on every corner. However, in the United States, there are still an estimated 22 million people without access to formal financial services.

What can you do to help?

Of course, there are always people throughout the world in need of a microloan, and lending to them is a sustainable way to repeatedly make a difference without going broke yourself. But it is also equally important to spread the word. We have a few ideas to help you do both!

Host a social action viewing party:

  • Buy the DVD at
  • Invite friends over to watch the film and discuss what you can do together to help alleviate poverty.
  • Visit the Take Action section on the website.
Host a neighborhood screening:
Spread the word about microfinance and "To Catch a Dollar" by hosting your own screening. Not only will the movie provide inspiration to its viewers, but you can also host a loan drive and continuously recycle the proceeds!

Download the To Catch a Dollar Toolkit:
This toolkit includes a guide to host your very own social action house party, suggested social media posts, banners for your website or blog, and documents with more details about microfinance in America -- all of which are great resources to help spread the word!

Organize a car wash or garage sale:
Or really any community event! Get together family, friends, or neighbors for a few hours of bonding over a car wash, bake sale, or dance-a-thon. Get creative and have fun while raising money and spreading the word! 

Click here to find upcoming screenings near you. And if there is nothing scheduled, you can request a screening here

About the author

Emily Wakefield

A native of southern California, Emily is a recent graduate from Santa Clara University where she studied Economics and Spanish Studies. The highlight of her college experience was the semester she spent abroad in Granada, Spain. She knew she wanted to pursue a career in economic development after reading Half the Sky. Emily will be joining the Marketing and Communications team as a Blog and Social Media Intern and is especially excited to find new and creative ways to spread Kiva’s work to more people. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to country music, and re-watching Friends episodes for the millionth time.