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Lessons, impressions, and thoughts that I have about the powerful poverty-fighting tool of Microcredit and how Unitus is accelerating the growth of Microfinance around the globe.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Encourage PBS to Show "Small Fortunes"

I just got this email from Unitus about some concerns that local PBS stations won't decide to show the "Small Fortunes" documentary about microcredit. PBS is broadcasting the show nationally, but local stations have the choice to show it or not. We need as many people as possible to contact their local PBS station to let them know they want to see this extremely touching and powerful film.

Do you have a second to contact your local PBS Station and let them know that you want them to show "Small Fortunes" on October 27, 2005 at 10:00pm EST? The info how to contact PBS is below.

Thanks for your help! This film will spread awareness and touch many hearts to support this effective tool in the fight against the scourge of poverty!

A portion of Small Fortunes premiered at the launch of the United Nations International Year of Microcredit 2005 in November of 2004. To view this 20 minute video (QuickTime only) click here.

Here is the Unitus email:

Dear Tim,

We are extremely excited about the nationwide PBS premier of Small Fortunes: Microcredit and the Future of Poverty scheduled for Thursday, October 27, at 10 PM EST. Small Fortunes is a one-hour documentary describing microfinance's impact on global poverty. It features interviews with industry experts including Unitus staff and Board members, and Unitus MFI partners such as SKS in India.

Although PBS has included the documentary in its national broadcast schedule, local stations can opt out of airing the program or shift it to another time, and they are making those decisions now. Thus, we encourage you to contact your local PBS station today to tell them about your interest in microfinance and ask them to broadcast Small Fortunes on October 27. Positive and personalized emails and phone calls are most effective; mass produced mailings are not.

To locate the PBS station in your area, please visit:


We appreciate your support!

- The Unitus Team


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