Member Highlight: Herlinda

Wed, 2017-02-01 17:03
Herlinda used her first Grameen America loan of $1,000 to purchase a rental space for her homemade ice cream and yogurt business. She now supports 6 employees and recently purchased a new juice maker to improve her inventory

Meet Damaris

Tue, 2016-10-18 15:08
Damaris always had dreams of starting her own business. After joining Grameen America in 2014, she now runs a successful family-run restaurant with her children.

Meet Susana

Wed, 2016-08-31 13:54
Five years ago, Susana took out her first Grameen America loan of $1,500 to start her own hair salon. Today, she is on her eleventh loan and running a thriving business that is a staple of her community in Queens, NY.

Meet Celia

Mon, 2016-08-08 15:45
Celia has always had a passion for helping women take control of their health. But with a bad credit score from a past marriage, she did not think this dream was possible. With Grameen America, she was able to get a second chance. Today, she is the owner of a successful fitness studio in Los Angeles.

Meet Ines

Mon, 2016-06-06 16:24
Ines joined Grameen America to grow her flower business and keep up with increased demand. Two years later, business is booming.

Grameen America Celebrates (Financial) Independence Day

Wed, 2014-07-02 15:44

This Friday celebrate female entrepreneurship in America! As you spend time with family and friends to celebrate the country's independence, be sure to think of women like Silvia, who have overcome obstacles to achieve their own financial independence. Silvia is a mother from Austin, who spent 10 hours a day earning less than minimum wage steaming shirts. Silvia is ambitious and determined to build a better life for her family. A friend of Silvia’s introduced her to a Center Manager at Grameen America, who guided Silvia through Grameen’s program and provided her with a microloan of $1,500.

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.

Meet Tomasa

Thu, 2013-02-07 16:45
Tomasa is a member from Los Angeles. She recruited four of her friends to establish the first Grameen America group in the city. She recently started selling cosmetics and plans to increase her available supplies with the Grameen America loan. Currently, Tomasa travels by bus to her clients while her four children are at school.  She plans to grow her business with the hopes of buying a car by the end of 2013.

Meet Teresa

Mon, 2013-01-28 11:00
Teresa sells a variety of sliced fruit and vegetables out a food cart in Oakland. She is particularly known for her Mexican specialties: Spiced fruit and corn pudding. With her next loan, Teresa would like to purchase a light to operate her cart in the evening. With two more hours of operating in the morning and evening, Teresa will be one step closer to fulfilling her dream: to purchase a second food cart to operate in Alameda.

Meet Marica

Thu, 2013-01-24 09:00
Marica runs a curbside stall selling Ecuadorian jewelry, clothing and knickknacks. She has been running the business for 10 years and is proud of her success. Marica joined Grameen America in 2008 and is currently on her fifth loan. Like many small businesses, Marica's sales fluctuate with the seasons. With her next loan, she hopes to expand her winter collection in order to turn the seasonal lull into prosperous opportunity.

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