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The New Silver, filmed in Bolivia, illustrates how access to capital can change the lives of both poor individuals and poor nations. Maria Cabana, whose husband is ill from working in the silver mines, seeks to secure a future for her children by starting a business with micro-credit loans. At the same time, Jaime Barrenechea, President of the State Gas and Oil Company, tries to balance the demands of the nations’ poor and the requirements of foreign investors as he seeks capital to exploit Bolivia’s natural gas reserves.
About "A Dollar a Day" Series
This poignant six-part international series of television documentaries shows what it means to live under the poverty line. The series chronicles people as they face diverse challenges, from finding basic needs like clean water, to competing in international markets.
The main characters in the series are people like Maria Cabana in Bolivia, Kurshida Bano in India, Bulewla Sima in South Africa, Sédou Dembele in Mali, Li Jieli in China and Redjo Seferovic in Bosnia. It is their stories and the stories of their husbands, wives, and children. Each represents one of the 1.2 billion people in the world living on less that a dollar a day. They live in rural villages and in urban shanty towns, and all are typical: they have few belongings, limited education, little access to jobs or capital, and are ruled by heavily indebted governments that lack the capacity or effective plans to help their poorest citizens.
ViewChange: Stories Powering Progress
Stories are powerful. They teach us lessons and shape our values. A good story can inspire people everywhere to think, to start conversations, and to take action. These films, from Link TV's ViewChange.org, bring the timeless power of storytelling to a modern and critical mission: fighting poverty, hunger, and disease around the world.
ViewChange.org is a ground-breaking multimedia website that's built to connect you to the world of global development. And now, we're bringing ViewChange and its stories to life on your television. Catch five-minute shorts, feature-length documentaries, and everything in between in this unique and inspiring series that proves storytelling really can change the world.