Sixteen Thousand New Youth Entrepreneur Funded

Press Release (17 May, 2017)

Six New Business Launched at  583rd Social Business Design Lab

Investments into six New Entrepreneur (NU) projects were announced on at the 583rd Social Business Design Lab Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Entrepreneurs are seen with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the lab. Photo: Nurjahan Chakladar/Yunus Centre

The 583rd  Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place on 17th May 2017 at the Grameen Bank Auditorium with nearly 150 national and international participants from India, Japan, USA, Brazil and Singapore. The Design Lab was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Six new Nobin Udyokta (or New Entrepreneur) business plans were presented at today's Lab. The business plans included two tailoring shops, two poultry farms, one leather item producing shop and a fancy shop.

Mahi Ladies and Gents Tailors project was presented by Kalim Ullah. With seven years of experience, Mr. Kalim his dreams to expand the business and give employment opportunity to other youngsters his area. A.H Agro farm project was presented by Mr. Atiqur Rahman who has been doing a very new business in the poultry sector, where he is farming on turkey birds and creating a new source of fresh meat and egg for people. The significant feature of his business is he attracts customers online using social media platforms. Mr. Dipjol Das presented his leather workshop at the design lab. He prepares tube- well washer from buffalo leather and sales in wholesale market.  Mon Mohoni store was presented by Mr Sumon Chakrabarty, a skilled craftsman bamboo and paper made fancy products which are used specially in marriage ceremonies, birthdays and puja festivals. He representing hindu communities and their culture through his craftsmanships. Fahim Tailoring was presented by a very enthusiastic woman Farjana Begum, a skilled tailor creating baby clothes which has significant demand all around the year specially during festival times. Lastly, Harun Poultry Farm was presented by Mr Harounur Rashid, he is meeting the growing demand of fowl or chicken meat for people. All six entrepreneurs are children coming from Grameen Bank families.

All business plans were presented and discussed in detail. Those were then presented in groups for further review. All projects were approved for funding by their groups. The projects are joint ventures with social business funds and their progress will be monitored on www.socialbusinesspedia.com.

Since the Labs began in January 2013, there are now more than sixteen thousand projects which have been approved in the last 582 Lab programs for equity funding ranging from taka one lakh to five lakh. A total of taka 170 crore has been invested in these projects.

A social business was launched at today’s design lab. SHISHIR, a clean & safe drinking water solution in a jar for consumption, produced  in a sustainable way using river water. SHISHIR is established to improve the lives of the people living in areas where water is contaminated by arsenic by delivering clean drinking water at their doorsteps. This is a venture by YY Goshti which is a social business incubator helping young people shaping their ideas into viable social businesses.

Before closing, Professor Muhammad Yunus invited everyone to the 7th Social Business Day, an annual global conference organized by Yunus Centre, to bring together all social business experts around the world, to be held on July 28-29, 2017 in Dhaka on the theme “Can Wealth Concentration Be Stopped?" Products of  new entrepreneurs will be displayed  to national and international audience.

The next Social Business Design Lab will take place on 19th August, 2017.

A social business venture was launched at the 583rd  Social Business Design Lab Wednesday, May 17, 2017. SHISHIR is a joint venture of YY Goshthi with Grameen Telecom Trust, established to deliver clean drinking water at their doorsteps of in people living in areas where water is contaminated by arsenic. Photo: Nurjahan Chakladar/Yunus Centre

G 20 Initiative on Zero Hunger : German Minister Launches 'Berlin Charter" with Yunus

Press Release (30 April 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller are launching the "Berlin Charter" on "One World No Hunger : Future  of the Rural World"  at the conclusion of a conference held in Berlin on April 28-29, 2017. The Charter will be presented at the upcoming G 20 Summit for its adoption as a G 20 strategy document. Photo: Yunus Centre

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus joined German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, in launching the "Berlin Charter" on "One World No Hunger : Future  of the Rural World"  at the conclusion of a conference held in Berlin on April 28-29.  This conference was held at the end of a series of meetings to draft the Berlin Charter which will be presented at the upcoming G 20 Summit for its adoption as a G 20 strategy. Professor Yunus joined the Minister at the press conference to explain the Charter to the press and his future role in implementation of the Charter in African countries. Professor Yunus was a member of the Advisory Committee for drafting the Charter. The Charter, among other things, emphasizes the role of the youth, social business, microfinance, and technology in achieving the goals of zero hunger, zero malnutrition, zero poverty, youth entrepreneurship and employment, women participation, and fair price to the agricultural producers. This Charter was a part of the German Presidency of G20 and focuses on the future of youth in rural areas of Africa.

Yunus Centre arranges Khazanah Scholarship for six Bangladeshi students

Press Release (19 April, 2017)

Bangladeshi recipients of Khazanah Scholarship with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at Yunus Centre on April 17, 2017.

Six Bangladeshi students received scholarships for pursuing graduate and postgraduate programs at foreign universities under the Khazanah Scholarship Program facilitated by Yunus Centre this year. Among the awardees 5 have been chosen for scholarships in  Malaysian Universities and 1 has been chosen for a global scholarship in Cambridge University and  University of California at Berkeley.

Yunus presides over AGFUND Advisory Council meeting in Geneva

Press Release (23 April, 2017)

Fourteen new Banks for the Poor to be established in Fourteen West and Central African countries

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus  with Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain at AGFUND's Third Advisory Council Meeting on April 19, 2017

AGFUND's Third Advisory Council Meeting took place on April 19 at the United Nations Office in Geneva. It was presided over by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and attended by international experts in micro-finance, CEOs of AGFUND Banks for the Poor, businessmen and others. The council is meant to advice on strategic planning on development issues. This year, the third annual meeting was held to discuss achievements and future plans.  HM Queen Sofia of Spain attended the meeting as a Special Guest along with Dr. Ahmed Muhammad Ali, the recently retired President of the Islamic Development Bank, together with other board members of AGFUND Prize committee.

Yunus Urges to Build a World of Hope

Press Release (April 02, 2017)

Paris wants to be the global capital of social business

Picture shows the resolve of Paris to build a new creative society, holding up Eiffel Tower as the symbol of hope. This symbol has been adopted as the logo of Paris' Olympics 2024 bid. Olympic 2024 has already adopted Professor Yunus' three zeros as the Olympic theme.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was invited by Mayor Ann Hidalgo to Paris as chief guest at the Impact 2 conference at the Paris Town Hall on March 30, also to present this year's Impact 2 Woman Entrepreneur Award at the event.

In her opening speech at the conference Mayor Hidalgo thanked Professor Yunus for his life's work and example, and explained how they wished to build Paris as a global social business capital inspired by his work. She also explained to the gathered audience of nearly 1,000 how social business idea had been placed at the centre of Paris' bid for the Summer Olympics of 2024.

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