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About Grameen Foundation

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Grameen Foundation was founded in 1997 to help the world’s poor address their own unique needs. We believe that all of us desire to improve our lives, and that all of us – even the poorest among us – can reach our full potential if we are given access to the right tools and information.

Our work focuses on harnessing the underappreciated strengths of the poor, an approach inspired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Grameen Foundation President Alex Counts also trained under and worked closely with Professor Yunus in Bangladesh for six years. While Professor Yunus is a founding director and a current director emeritus of our board, Grameen Foundation and Grameen Bank are independent organizations and have no financial or institutional links.

Our collaborative approach to poverty alleviation recognizes the multidimensional and complex nature of global poverty. We work with private sector companies, non-governmental organizations, government agencies and others to ensure we achieve lasting impact in the regions where we work.

We are headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. We also work in the Middle East and North Africa through Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Limited, a joint venture, and in India through Grameen Foundation India, a wholly-owned subsidiary.


Our Mission

Grameen Foundation's mission is to enable the poor, especially the poorest, to create a world without poverty.

Our Values

In all our work, we embrace and draw inspiration from our rich Grameen Bank Heritage. Our core values are:

  • We seek to empower the world’s poor, especially the poorest women
  • We hold ourselves and our partners accountable for transparency and measurable results, including social and financial performance
  • We champion innovation that makes a difference in the lives of the poor
  • We first seek to form partnerships with those who can advance our mission before acting alone
  • We respect, invest in and promote local social entrepreneurs and local ownership
  • We honor the voice, professionalism and integrity of our staff and volunteers

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