Latest update: 23/03/2011
Microcredit - a good idea gone bad
"Microcredit", a new form of financing aimed at getting the poor out of poverty, is being blamed for a spate of suicides in India. Many borrowers say lenders have forgotten the good intentions that were behind the microfinance concept. Instead of helping them to set themselves up with a small businesses, lenders are increasingly harassing them to pay the money back - and in many cases, leading to tragic consequences.
Programme prepared by Kate Williams, Marie Billon and Patrick Lovett