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This Man is a Rock Star

Grameen America Founder and Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus, inspires action at the The Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, NYC. More »

Business blooms for Sabina

With disciplined savings into an account set up at a commercial bank through Grameen America, Sabina had the capital to invest. More »

Professor Yunus Cuts the Rope

Professor Yunus launched Grameen America in 2008 in the wake of the financial crisis. Four years later, we have reached 12,000 families and counting... More »

 

Challenging Norms of Women in Business

How do successful business women make it in today’s competitive landscape? In this video series, Keri Gohman, Head of Small Business Banking at Capital One and Andrea Jung, President and CEO of Grameen America uncover their experiences as female leaders within their respective organizations challenging the norms women typically face while in the workforce.

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Free Loan-Repayment Processing for Grameen America Members

Grameen America and PayNearMe, an electronic cash transaction network, today announced implementation of PayNearMe as a free new loan repayment option for Grameen America’s borrowers.

After a successful launch in Charlotte, North Carolina, Grameen America will now roll out the electronic cash transaction network in branches across the country beginning with Oakland, California and Brooklyn, New York.

“This innovative partnership is a remarkable advancement for our program that benefits our borrowers and staff alike,” said Andrea Jung, Grameen America’s president and CEO. “PayNearMe has made the payment collection process easier and more efficient. PayNearMe’s cutting-edge technology allows us to expand opportunities and extend access to financial services to thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs from New York to California.”

Read the press release here.

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Grameen America members in Charlotte, NC are using PayNearMe to make loan repayments

Benefits of Women’s Economic Participation

Women and investmentsFinancial advisers are scurrying to attract women as impact investing becomes increasingly popular. Pax World Investments published a study showing that over the past 40 years, women’s participation in the world economy has generated more than $3.5 trillion. By 2030, it is projected that women will hold two thirds of America’s wealth. This is a plus for financial advisers because women are twice as likely to be loyal to advisers and are 20% more interested in environmentally responsible investments than men.

Higher female participation in the economy not only benefits environment and social causes through impact investing, but also would cause GDP to rise. A UN Women study found that if women’s paid employment rates rose to the same level as men’s, the United States’ GDP would rise by 9%. The study also found that increasing the share of household income controlled by women changes spending in ways that benefit children. Additionally, Fortune 500 companies with more women in management positions delivered a total return to shareholders that was 34 per cent higher than for companies with the lowest representation.

The financial and social benefits of female economic participation are hard to ignore. For the sake of society at large, men and women alike need to work together to empower women to increase their involvement in the financial world.

Grameen’s Macro Impact in Los Angeles

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Do we need to “rethink our image of the entrepreneur”? In a Huffington Post article published today, John Kobara of the California Community Foundation writes about how Grameen America is supporting a new wave of entrepreneurs in Los Angeles.

“…there is another entrepreneurial movement in our midst. It may not be as sexy, but the socioeconomic return on investment is boundless — and felt in our neighborhoods and communities every day. It starts with $1,500.”

Read the full post here.