When Amanda Pullaro Nuku, a church administrator in Colorado, read “Banker to the Poor” by Professor Muhammad Yunus, she came away with an indelible impression of the power of microfinance. For Amanda’s wedding shower in 2008, her longtime neighbor, Irene Elgart, made donations to Grameen Foundation in honor of Amanda's guests in lieu of party favors. "What better gift could I give them than a donation to Mandy's favorite charity?" said Irene.
Amanda and her husband, Elike Nuku, are so moved by the concept of microfinance that they are considering starting their own microfinance institution in Elike's home country of Ghana.
"I think it's really about empowering women,” says Amanda. “It's about giving these women financial control."
Grameen Foundation thanks Irene, Amanda and Elike for their gift to Grameen Foundation and for their dedication to helping women move out of poverty through microfinance.