Grameen America is celebrating financial independence for the 50,000 women reached by our program who have been empowered to build small businesses and create better lives for themselves and their families.
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.
How do successful business women make it in today's competitive landscape?
Grameen America and PayNearMe announce PayNearMe as a free new loan repayment option for Grameen America's borrowers.
Financial 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.


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."
Following Thanksgiving, Grameen America wants to give thanks to all of our friends and supporters who enable us to offer financial tools, training and support to women living in poverty in the U.S. These women are engines of economic growth, building small businesses and lifting up their communities.

We have already invested over $200 million in more than 40,000 women. This holiday season, please help us by making a gift so that together we can double our reach and impact next year.
Bertha always had an entrepreneurial spirit. But with no credit history or collateral, she was unable to access a traditional bank loan that would allow her to fulfill her dream of expanding her family bakery in Los Angeles. After joining Grameen America and receiving her first microloan of $1,500, Bertha was able to buy baking ingredients in bulk. Now she and her husband travel across the state to meet popular demand for their pan dulce (sweet bread). Bertha has been given the tools to become an accomplished entrepreneur and create a better life for herself and her family.
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.
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. Branches are located in areas with high concentrations of people living below the federal poverty line who are in need of Grameen America's financial products and services. Read more about Grameen America and Esri's program here. 

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