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BARCELONA — As the six-foot five former president of Mexico, Vincente Fox, marched across the stage, he declared that he had three loves: his wife, credit unions and micro lending. He became convinced of the power and need for micro finance when he encountered Grameen Bank.

“Poverty has the face of women,” he said, but its source is lack of democracy, military dictatorships and corruption. Fox is passionate about putting all people on the same starting line. Levels of poverty in Mexico are 45% and unacceptable to him. The country is also plagues by drug wars, and this year has been hit by swine flu, shutting down the economy for several days.

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