Anne Guerrant played professional tennis for nine years, ranking 11th in the world and competing at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and other Grand Slam tournaments. As a tennis player, Anne traveled the world and was overwhelmed by the poverty she witnessed. In 2005, she and her husband Terry visited a microfinance program in India after reading “Banker to the Poor” by Professor Muhammad Yunus. Upon their return to the U.S., they established The Guerrant Foundation to empower poor women and their families through microfinance.
Terry and Anne see microfinance as a sustainable and effective solution to the problem of poverty. "This is a thinking person's approach to helping people,” says Terry. “The money is used over and over again and not wasted on a program that doesn't change things. Instead of a handout, we are giving people their dignity, which is far more valuable.”
Through both their foundation and their personal donations, they have raised more than $250,000 for Grameen Foundation. Terry and Anne’s dedication to expand microfinance has led to measurable results: Since mid-2006, they have helped 8,300 people start small-scale businesses in their local communities.
We thank Terry and Anne for their ongoing commitment to Grameen Foundation and our joint efforts to help move people out of poverty through microfinance.