Nobel banker Yunus in West Philly talk tonight

Prof. Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladesh economist who won a Nobel Peace Prize two years ago for his work leading Grameen Bank, which makes "microcredit" business loans to poor people, will speak at First District Plaza, 3801 Market Street, in West Philadelphia, 7 pm tonight, Kazi Rahman, president of the Bangladeshi Community of Pennsylvania, tells me.

"We know Dr. Yunus from Chittagong. That's the city where we are both from. Everyone knows his house there, it's right next to Chittagong University," said Rahman, a 25-year Bensalem resident,  from his job as a workflow coordinator at First Data Corp. in Langhorne. ""He will speak for two hours," including half an hour for questions.

Rahman said he'd just received word Yunus could make the trip from Washington, where he's "in meetings" today. He said Yunus and his international recognition are a source of pride for the Bangladeshi immigrant and expatriate community, which in the Philadelphia area has risen, by his count, from "just 30 or 40" in the 1970s to "at least 10,000," half of whom are on the mailing lists of his organization and its affiliates in South Jersey and Delaware.

Yunus will speak in English, Rahman added. "It's open for everybody. There's no charge."