Posted by: Sabine Kurjo McNeill | March 21, 2010

Grameen, Adidas to make low-cost shoes

Another joint venture, comparable to the French company Danone, demonstrates how it is possible for business to be social!

Here is the article in the Daily Stary.

Posted by: Sabine Kurjo McNeill | March 20, 2010

MyMicroCredit e.V.

There is a remarkable multi-millionaire who has decided to follow the voice of his heart. He’s selling his homes and aeroplanes and, instead, has created the first microcredit organisation with which Europeans can make microcredits available to South Americans.

Click on this English or this German site.

Posted by: Sabine Kurjo McNeill | March 18, 2010

Yunus calls for standardised interest rates

This article

Posted by: Sabine Kurjo McNeill | March 4, 2010

Grameen America comes to Omaha

After Grameen America opened its first branch in Queens, New York, the organization is now expanding to Omaha, Nebraska.

Full story here.

Posted by: Sabine Kurjo McNeill | February 9, 2010

Robin Hood Tax as a “micro-tax” on banking

As long as banks are not a social business the way that Dr. Muhammad Yunus defined it, people have to come up with creative alternatives:

The Robin Hood Tax is the UK version of the Tobin Tax which was at the beginning of ATTAC in France ten years ago.

As an anti-poverty campaign, it is more pragmatic than the economic theories of Tobin Tax definitions or the political demands of the Attac network.

Supported by a coalition of 48 organisations, the Robin Hood Tax campaign spells out what the income should be spent on.

And in the spirit of our times, it uses Twitter and YouTube.

The video is set to private until the launch which is set to 0.05am in parallel with the 0.05% tax that Robin Hood wants to take.

However, Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, dismissed the idea of a Tobin Tax only recently, according to the FT.

Of course, this tax doesn’t get to the root of all evils, but at least it’s bound to capture people’s imagination!

Updates here.

Posted by: Sabine Kurjo McNeill | January 18, 2010

Bahrain opens bank under Grameen model

The Daily Star in Bangladesh once again has good news about Grameen and Dr. Yunus: Family Bank, a microfinance bank licensed by the central bank of Bahrain, opened in Bahrain on Tuesday, said a statement of Yunus Centre.

The full article is here.

Posted by: Sabine Kurjo McNeill | January 11, 2010

Cherie Blair discusses health issues with Yunus

Cherie Blair, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, called on Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, and discussed healthcare programmes of Grameen Kalyan and Grameen Healthcare Trust yesterday.

During the meeting at the Grameen Headquarters at Mirpur in the city, they also discussed Grameen’s nursing colleges, health management centres, eye care hospitals, thalassemia initiative and overall health issues pertaining to women, says a press release.

The Daily Star, January 12, 2010

Posted by: Sabine Kurjo McNeill | December 31, 2009

Big idea might be learning to think small

Big idea might be: learning to think small

By Paul Bennett

Published: December 30 2009 22:06 | Last updated: December 30 2009 22:06

I spend my life sitting in boardrooms across from chief executives asking me to help them find that mythical beast, “the big idea”. To them, I say this: “Small is the new big.”

I feel this even more strongly after a recent visit to Bangladesh to meet Muhammad Yunus, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. I wanted to better understand the Grameen organisation, its micro­financing banking system, and its collaboration with the global French food group, Danone. There, I would see with my own eyes what social enterprise looks and feels like when the rubber hits the road. In recent years, Ideo’s client base has increasingly been about designing not only for financial but also for social impact, and a visceral sense of the opportunities and realities was what I was looking to learn.

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Posted by: Sabine Kurjo McNeill | December 3, 2009

Small Wonder on BBC Radio 4

Here’s the link to the programme on microloans.

Critics need to be negative, as they can’t be creative, it seems. But in the US, any publicity is good as long as names are spelled correctly…

Posted by: Sabine Kurjo McNeill | November 9, 2009

Helping the poor just got popular

This article in the Financial Times reminds people of Prof. Yunus and the Grameen Bank.

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