Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1553 is fed over PBS on Friday, August 31 at 5:00 p.m. (check local listings).
• Religion and the Republican Convention – Kim Lawton reports from Tampa on the involvement of faith leaders at the Republican National Convention - their concerns, especially about Mormonism; the issues they are stressing; and the extent to which they are rallying their members in support of the Romney-Ryan ticket.
• Microloans and Microgrants – The Grameen Bank of Bangladesh became famous for issuing microloans to poor women to enable them to start businesses that allow them to become self-supporting. Now Grameen America’s six U.S. branches disburse dozens of micro business loans each day to women here. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on Grameen USA and on a Minnesota organization headed by former Catholic priest Joe Selvaggio that provides microgrants to struggling entrepreneurs.
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