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On CGD's Voices from the Center blog, I just posted a review of Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day, by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, and Orlanda Ruthven. The Economist did a story on the book featuring Jyothi the informal savings collector of Vijayawada, India. If you read my draft chapter 2, you know about Jyothi already. The common source for Jyothi's story is of course Stuart Rutherford, who met her and wrote about her in The Poor and Their Money.

Last year, I had the privilege of joining Stuart for a day of research outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, which consisted of him and his long-time collaborator S.K. Sinha asking people about their experiences with ASA. Here, he is meeting a man who belonged to ASA in its early days:

Stuart Rutherford interviewing Bangladeshi, March 2008

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