Bangladesh street kids turn bankers
"Street children who have a valid source of income and are not involved in pick-pocketing, begging, drug-selling, or pilfering can bank with us."
- Basudeb Maitra, bank coordinator
Dhaka, Bangladesh - Mohammad Raju ran away from his poor family in Bangladesh's southern Khulna district eight years ago, hoping for a better life in Dhaka.
The 16-year-old boy started working for the Children's Development Bank, a Bangladesh-based lender that is owned by a non-government organization and managed by street children. He now earns 2,000 taka a month and can save a portion of his income.