4th Social Business Design Lab Held at Yunus Centre

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The 4th Social Business Design Lab took place at Yunus Centre on 4 May 3013. At the beginning, Prof. Yunus called for one minute silence for the victims of Savar tragedy. The participants from different organizations presented four social business plans. They are- DABI Powerloom Project: Creating Productivity and Generating Greater Income Through Making ‘Shawl’ presented by Mr. A F M Rezaul Karim, Reclamation of Charlands for Sustainable Agricultural Farming presented by Professor Md. Obaidul Islam, Grameen Kalyan Nobin Udyogta Project presented by Mr. Saiduzzaman and Empowering Trans-Gender People through Social Business presented by Roushan Zhumu. The Grameen Kalyan Nobin Udyogta Project is a social business initiative involving the emerging educated young generation of Grameen Bank borrower families. These youth from grameen borrower families are encouraged to become entrepreneurs (job-givers) rather than become job seekers. Four such entrepreneurs participated in the design lab program. After the presentations, there was a question and answer session. Four business plans were intensively discussed in four groups announced. Each group came up with necessary recommendations. Each project gave its time-line for implementation. Finally the participants selected one Project Bondhu (Project Friend) for each project to act as a mentor in finalizing the plan. After the social business design lab a separate session was held on Savar Tragedy and discussed the details of the rehabilitation program.

Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony in honor of Professor Muhammad Yunus

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Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal award to Professor Muhammad Yunus in recognition of his efforts to combat global poverty.  Through his creative ideas, hard work and brilliant implementation of the idea of microcredit throughout Bangladesh and globally, Prof Yunus has made brilliant contributions in the cause of helping millions of poor, especially women, take charge of their lives to overcome heartbreaking poverty. Congress voted to award the medal to Professor Yunus in 2010.  The Gold Medal represents Congress’s highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. The ceremony held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET in Rotunda of the United States Capitol.

Prof. Muhammad Yunus Launched ‘SDRS Social Business Project’

Professor Muhammad Yunus inaugurated Grameen Telecom Trust’s (GTT) very first social business project through a video conference today (1st April) at Yunus centre. The project titled ‘SDRS Social Business Project’ is based in the Gaibandha District, Bangladesh. It will focus on enhancing income of women belonging to poor households by ensuring that they get the best price for producing caps which will be exported to Oman. Prof. Yunus talked

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