My Story of Growing up with Grameen Bank

Fahmida Zaman

I was born in a village named Bahadurpur in Rajbari where very few people value education, let alone educating girls. I was fortunate enough that my family is one of those few who value education more than anything. My mother, the first of several strong women who have been influencing my life, always told me “education is the best thing we can give you.”  My father, another great influence, planted in my head from childhood that “never forget your responsibility to your people, do something for your society and country.”

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zillur rahmanসারা জাতি আজ মহামান্য রাষ্ট্রপতি মোঃ জিল্লুর রহমানের জীবনাবসানের সংবাদ পেয়ে অত্যন্ত শোকাহত। দেশ আজ এক মহান অভিভাবককে হারালো হারালো মুক্তিযুদ্ধের এক বিশিষ্ট সংগঠক ও যোদ্ধাকে।

বাংলাদেশের রাজনীতির ইতিহাসে মোঃ জিল্লুর রহমান ছিলেন এক উজ্জ্বল নক্ষত্র। বায়ান্নর ভাষা আন্দোলন থেকে শুরু করে আজ অবধি এদেশের প্রতিটি ক্রান্তিকালে তিনি ছিলেন সদা জাগ্রত। দেশের সংকটকালে তাঁর মৃত্যুতে যে শূন্যস্থান তৈরি হলো, সেটি নিঃসন্দেহে অপূরণীয়।

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus visits Quinnipiac University

yunus quinnipiacNobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, who founded the practice of microcredit as a means to combat global poverty, visited Quinnipiac on March 6 to deliver a free community lecture, "Microcredit and Social Business for Poverty Reduction." Yunus also participated in two panel discussions on campus the same day.

The event was sponsored by Quinnipiac's School of Business and Albert Schweitzer Institute.

Yunus, a Bangladeshi economist driven by his belief that credit is a fundamental human right, established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983. He hoped to help impoverished people escape poverty by providing loans and teaching them sound financial principles.

From Yunus' personal loan of small amounts of money to destitute basket weavers in Bangladesh in the mid-70s, the Grameen Bank has advanced to the forefront of a burgeoning world movement toward eradicating poverty through microlending. Replicas of the Grameen Bank model operate in more than 100 countries worldwide.

University honors Muhammad Yunus with Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award

albert awardQuinnipiac University presented its Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award to Muhammad Yunus, who founded the practice of microcredit as a means to combat global poverty before his March 6 lecture at the university. Yunus, who was awarded Quinnipiac's most prestigious humanitarian award, also accepted an invitation to join the Albert Schweitzer Institute's honorary board.

"Dr. Yunus has demonstrated a life-long commitment to finding creative solutions to some of life's most challenging problems," said Mark Thompson, senior vice president for academic and student affairs.

"Dr. Yunus has made significant contributions in the area of international business. In addition to microloans, his innovative idea of social business has also attracted a lot of attention in international forums, including the World Economic Forum in Davos," said Mohammad Elahee, professor and chair of international business in the School of Business. "Many global firms, especially those based in Europe, are now setting up social businesses. For example, Danone has set up a yogurt factory in Bangladesh to provide nutrient fortified yogurt for malnourished children in Bangladesh. The concepts of microloans and social business have no boundary."

Muhammad Yunus is going to speak at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut on 6 March 2013

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Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus will deliver the lecture on "Microcredit and Social Business for Poverty Reduction" on 6 March 2013 at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, USA. The lecture will be streamed live to the public starting local time 7:00 pm Wednesday night and Dhaka time 6:00 am Thursday. Click here to view the live streaming of the event

He will also participate in two panel discussions on campus the same day. The first panel discussion on social entrepreneurship will take place from 10-11 a.m. (USA local time) and includes Kate Emery, founder of Social Enterprise Trust, and Dean Karlan, professor of economics at Yale University. The second panel discussion will be from 1-2:30 p.m. and will consider micro lending. Panel participants include H. A. Shah Newaz, CEO of operations at Grameen America, Vidar Jorgensen, founder and president of Grameen America and Grameen Research, and Buck Harris '09, vice president of micro lending at Connecticut Community Investment Corporation. Both panels will take place in the Carl Hansen Student Center, room SC 225.

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