Dreams From His Mother

Dreams From His Mother


On August 10th, The New York Times published an interesting Op-Ed of Professor Michael R. Dove who teaches social ecology and anthropology at Yale.

Pr. Dove, who knew President Obama’s late mother Ann Dunham Soetoro both as a friend and colleague, describes her as a pioneer of Microcredit in Indonesia. He emphasizes that her dedication and her work combined, like her personality, both audacity and cultural sensitivity, two core tenets she seems to have passed on to the 44th President of the United States she raised.

Extract from the Op-Ed:

She [Dr. Soetoro] helped to pioneer microcredit programs that made small amounts of capital available to weavers, blacksmiths and other low-income groups — people who would otherwise have had no access to credit.

It’s worth pointing out that though microenterprise is fairly well-known today — and Indonesia now has one of the world’s largest microcredit programs — it was pretty radical stuff when Ann Soetoro was doing her work. But then, she had a habit of swimming against the current.

Read the full article.

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