Thursday, 14 January 2010

Amazing work i wanted to share , Grameen foundation

At Grameen Foundation our goal is simple – we want to see poor people, especially the poorest and those living in harder to reach areas, have access to microfinance and technology and as a result of access to these services, move themselves out of poverty.  We envision a world where the poor have broken the generational chain of poverty and lead lives of respect, dignity and opportunity. Grameen Foundation, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC with an office in Seattle, Washington, was founded in 1997 by friends of Grameen Bank to help microfinance practitioners and spread the Grameen philosophy worldwide. We share the ideas of 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus. Grameen Foundation and Grameen Bank are independent organizations and have no financial or institutional links.
We are a leader in the fight against poverty in Sub Saharan Africa, Asia, Middle East/North Africa, and the Americas. Our cutting-edge programs and resources have helped more than 45 million poor people, mostly women and children, improve their lives. Grameen Foundation collaborates with local organizations and allies around the globe to provide products and services that allow them to: 1) reach deeper into poor communities with microfinance and technology services; 2) provide access to microfinance and technology services among the poor and poorest in harder to reach areas and currently unserved/underserved areas; and 3) measure who is being reached to ensure they are moving out of poverty over time.  Our work is made possible by supporters who share our passion and commitment to tackle the hardest problems through microfinance and technology.  For more information on our work, please feel free to explore our 2008-2009 Annual Report.

Our Mission

Grameen Foundation's mission is to enable the poor, especially the poorest, to create a world without poverty.

Our Values

In all our work, we embrace and draw inspiration from our rich Grameen Bank Heritage. Our core values are:

  • We seek to empower the world’s poor, especially the poorest women;
  • We hold ourselves and our partners accountable for transparency and measurable results, including social and financial performance;
  • We champion innovation that makes a difference in the lives of the poor;
  • We first seek to form partnerships with those who can advance our mission before acting alone;
  • We respect, invest in and promote local social entrepreneurs and local ownership; and,
  • We honor the voice, professionalism and integrity of our staff and volunteers.
  • Grameen Foundation helps the world’s poorest, especially women, improve their lives and escape poverty through access to microfinance and technology.

    We create economic opportunities for the world’s poorest.

    Grameen Foundation provides micro-lenders in poor communities access to the capital they need to make micro-loans to women who are working to develop or expand a small business.  In many of the poorest regions in the world, micro business creation is the only way for families to escape poverty and build a better future for their children.

    We build large scale, easy-to-replicate solutions to end the cycle of poverty in developing countries around the world.

    As clients repay their micro-loans, the funds are recycled into new loans, thus multiplying the number of poor people who can begin their journey out of poverty. Grameen Foundation develops and spreads technology and open source software that can be used by professionals serving the poor to enhance efficiency and lower operating costs.  Our technology projects also provide business opportunities for poor entrepreneurs.

    We leverage the knowledge and expertise of local partners to create the most effective programs possible.

    Grameen Foundation enhances the effectiveness of our funding and impact on communities by strengthening and supporting local organizations. We respect local ways of life by building poverty-ending programs in partnership with local organizations and leaders, rather than imposing external ideas on developing communities.

    We lead the industry in measuring impact and delivering results.

    Our Progress Out of Poverty IndexTM simply but accurately measures poverty levels of those we serve in 23 countries.   It allows us to better determine our clients’ needs, the effectiveness and efficiency of programs, and how quickly we are able to help people move from poverty to financial self-sufficiency.  We also measure our own efficiency and receive high marks from the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator and other raters.

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