Thursday 17th August 2017
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Banking on change

Two-thirds of India’s population of a billion people live in the nation’s 600,000 villages. Despite India’s economic growth, the disparities between wealth and poverty are enormous. Many villagers migrate to the cities in search of work and end up begging on the streets. South Indian bank manager J S Parthiban set out to do something to help their economic circumstances. He encouraged beggars to open bank accounts in New Delhi, and pioneered micro-loans to villagers in his home state of Tamil Nadu. This is his story—and theirs.

Producer/Director: Andrew Hinton pilgrimfilms.com / andrew@pilgrimfilms.com
Cinematography: Eric Trometer tarmakfilms.com
Editing: Rob Petit milkwood.tv & Johnny Burke
Sound: Christopher Wilson wilson2.co.uk
Music: Jamie Perera jamieperera.com
Vocals: Rasika Vartak
Executive Producers:
Jeanne Faber
Suresh Mathew
Christopher Hartnell