Press Release (27 October, 2016)
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is being awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal by George Washington University, USA President Steven Knapp in a ceremony at GW's Lisner Auditorium on October 26, 2016.
Grameen America Inc (GAI) has hit the milestone of half a billion dollars in loans disbursed, cumulatively by the third quarter of 2016. This milestone was announced at GAI's the board meeting was held in New York on on October 24, 2016 with Professor Muhammad Yunus in the chair. GAI started its journey back in 2008 and is empowering low-income women with microloan across 11 cities of the United States, from New York to California. Grameen America has provided US$ 535 million in loans to 81,100 women which they have invested in their small businesses. So far, 2,42,445 loans have been approved and consequently 75,155 jobs have been created through these ventures. Professor Yunus is the chairman of Grameen America Inc.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus attended the Sing For Hope Tenth Anniversary gala as Chief Guest. In his speech Professor Yunus praised Sing for Hope for the work it had done over the last ten years, and highlighted the important role that art and music plays in solving the problems of society. Diva of opera world Rene Fleming enthralled the audience by her breathtaking performance in the gala.Since 2006, Sing for Hope, co founded by Yunus' daughter Monica Yunus, has done arts outreach programs that have brought hope and inspiration to thousands of individuals in under-resourced schools, public hospitals, hospices, veterans’ centers, after-school programs, neighborhood centers, nursing homes, and disability networks. To date, Sing for Hope has partnered with over 220 nonprofit organizations, involved over 3,500 artists in community volunteerism, and placed over 330 artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos throughout NYC’s parks and public spaces for everyone to play.
Professor Yunus delivered a public lecture at George Washington University (GW) . GW was established in February 9, 1821 and is a leading American university in the field of applied politics. On the same evening Professor Yunus was awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal by GW President Steven Knapp in a ceremony at GW's Lisner Auditorium to honor him for his pioneering work in creating economic development through microcredit. The George Washington University President’s Medal recognizes individuals who have exhibited courage, character and leadership in their chosen fields and who exemplify the ability of all human beings to improve the lives of others.
Caption : Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is seen with George Washington University, USA President Steven Knapp on October 26, 2016.