This excellent animation demonstrates the global and economic connection between consumers, workers and products around the world. Utilizing the scenario of a coffee-bean farmer in Bolivia, the video sketches how a person geographically removed can participate in the business of a struggling farmer by investing a small amount through microfinance institutions. This short is a great example of how consumers can take an active role in economics and become directly involved with products and producers which seem irreducibly far away.
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