Mick Gooda Calls On Professor Yunus

Mr. Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, met with Professor Yunus at Grameen Bank Bhaban, Dhaka yesterday (March 31, 2010). The meeting was focused primarily on promoting exchange of information and ideas for sustainable development within indigenous communities in both Australia and Bangladesh. Mr. Gooda is one of the foremost indigenous leaders in Australia with much experience in indigenous and rural development issues.


Photo credit: S. Azizee

Professor Yunus Meets with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Yunus Centre  Press Release

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia received Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at his Palace in Riyadh on Saturday, March 20, 2010. Professor Yunus was invited by Prince Mut' ib Bin Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud to be the key note speaker at the National Heritage and Culture Festival in Janadriya. More than 500 delegates from many countries attended this Festival. Professor Yunus's  hour-long speech was televised live by two Saudi channels.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus Yesterday Opened the Third Branch of Grameen America in Omaha, Nebraska

Press Release (Yunus Centre)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus cuts a red ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Grameen Branch at the Old City Hall of Omaha, Nebraska on Monday 1, 2010. Grameen America is working in Queens and Brooklyn in New York for the last two years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 









Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus cuts a red ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Grameen Branch at the Old City Hall of Omaha, Nebraska on Monday 1, 2010. Grameen America is working in Queens and Brooklyn in New York for the last two years.


With this, Grameen America, a microfinance institution founded by Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, headquartered in New York begins to expand nationally to build on its success of the other two branches in Queens, and Brooklyn, New York. Omaha was selected because of strong local support and demand for microfinance services. The branch will initially serve the low-income community in South Omaha and will subsequently expand operations to other areas. The branch expects to extend loans to at least 1200 borrowers by the end of 2010. Professionals, bankers and elites of the city gathered at the opening ceremony.

Professor Muhammad Yunus said, “If we can address the issues of unemployment and welfare dependence properly through microcredit, then Omaha can be a example to the world.” He added, “ We lit a candle in New York and now it has made its way to Omaha”.

Preparations are under way to open the fourth branch of Grameen America in San Francisco in August this year.

Launch of Grameen Caledonian Nursing College

The Grameen Caledonian Nursing College, the very first Grameen Nurse Institute, was launched in the Mirpur area of Dhaka on March 1, 2010. The 40 students are currently going through orientation and will begin classes on March 7. The College is a new organization following the social business model that prioritizes girls’ health and prosperity as fundamental to ensuring the health of future generations and accelerating economic progress. The College is a prototype for a chain of future nursing colleges located in most district towns of Bangladesh. The head of the Grameen Caledonian Nursing College is Dr. Barbara Parfitt, Dean of the School of Nursing Midwifery and Community Health at Glasgow Caledonian University.
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