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