bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

The Beekeeper Game

I have invested a modest amount in Shared Interest (the UK company — there are other Shared Interests with similar objectives in other countries) for some years, but I've only just noticed its Beekeeper Game.

Shared Interest is a co-operative lending society that aims to reduce global poverty by providing fair and just financial services. Founded in 1990, it has 8,000 members who have invested more than £20 million which is used to facilitate fair trade — usually by providing loans to enterprises (including co-operatives) in developing countries. The interest for investors is not great, but the impact for borrowers in poor countries can be very significant. Beekeeping enterprises are often supported.

Its Beekeeper Game lets you imagine yourself living in a poor country faced with a number of decisions to try to get you and your family out of a poverty trap. And of course you bhave bees at your disposal. Try it.


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