The ‘Start Small, Stay Small’ Dilemma: How Nonprofit/Private Partnerships Can Boost Women-Owned Businesses

Tue, 2018-04-10 15:15
Between 2007 and 2016, women started businesses five times faster than the national average. From our experience working with female entrepreneurs across the U.S., we know that they have the grit and determination it takes to create and grow thriving businesses.

Closing the Entrepreneurial Gender Gap

Thu, 2015-06-11 15:57
From CGI America in Denver, CO to the new Yunus Social Business Centre to be opened in Worcester, MA, there has been a lot of recent buzz about financial inclusion and entrepreneurship.

New Findings Published in Global Microfinance Index

Wed, 2014-11-12 21:29
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) of The Economist Group recently released a report analyzing the microfinance business environment in 55 countries around the globe. The study was based on evaluations of each nation’s regulatory, investment and institutional environment for microfinance. Among other things, factors taken into consideration are official legal recognition, interest rate restrictions, accounting standards, transparency, and the range of services provided beyond credit.

GIS Helps Grameen America Identify Microlending Markets

Thu, 2014-11-06 20:55

Esri, a geographic information systems company, recently published an article about how Grameen America uses its Business Analyst software to identify ideal target markets and prioritize metropolitan areas for program expansion. In six years, Grameen America has expanded to 11 cities across the United States including New York, Boston, Indianapolis, Omaha, Charlotte, Austin, Union City, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, and San Juan.

Corporate Giants Go Social

Tue, 2014-08-26 19:22

It is no secret that the rising 'millennial' generation is more likely to purchase products and services from companies that are making a positive social impact. According to a U.S. Trust Report, 69% of millennials use their investments as “a way to express social, political and environmental values.” Many companies, whether to attract consumers or because of redefined strategic goals, are changing the way they operate in order to incorporate consumer values such as gender equality, education and financial inclusion.

Celebrities for Social Development

Thu, 2014-07-24 07:00

There has been a tremendous amount of celebrity buzz about social development and women's empowerment recently. This week's roundup covers Grameen America Board Chair Professor Muhammad Yunus' visit with Pope Francis and fellow Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, John Legend’s involvement in a women’s empowerment campaign, and the billionaires’ “Giving Pledge.”

Chronicle of Philanthropy Features Grameen America

Tue, 2014-05-20 14:58
The latest issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights Grameen America President and CEO Andrea Jung. Read the exclusive interview to learn about Ms. Jung's unique qualifications, and vision for the organization. “I’m a zealot about this. I really believe that women are the solution and need to be the solution to the resurgence of the U.S. economy. Whether it’s in business, to better governance on boards. You name it, they’re the answer."

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus Names Andrea Jung to Lead Grameen America as President, CEO and Board Director

Mon, 2014-04-07 20:42

Andrea Jung has been named President, CEO and a director of Grameen America, the fastest-growing microfinance organization in the United States. Ms. Jung, the former Chairman and CEO of Avon Products, Inc. and longtime champion of women's issues, joins in April 2014. Founded by 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, Grameen America is dedicated to helping women who live in poverty build small businesses to create better lives for their families.

FEATURED: Microlending Model Finding New Traction in First-World Economies

Tue, 2014-03-18 15:05
Grameen America is featured as a "textbook example" of microfinance in a recent article about the expansion of microlending in developed countries.

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