The origins of microcredit
Professor Mohammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi economist and founder of the Grameen Bank, an institution that provides microcredit to help people in poverty establish creditworthiness and financial self-sufficiency. In 2006 Professor Mohammad Yunus and the Grameen bank were awarded the Nobel Peace prize for "... their efforts to create economic and social development from below".
The Grameen Bank website contains a great deal of information about microcredit and the role of the bank in providing this. You can access this information from the web window below, or follow the previous link to open the website in a new web window.
An excellent source for those wanting to find out more about microcredit is the microfinance gateway.
The FAQs are an excellent place to start