Grameen Foundation has been empowering the poor and poorest in the Americas since 1999. We believe there is immense untapped potential throughout the region, especially in rural communities, and focus on people living in remote rural and highly agrarian areas. In 2011, we launched the Last Mile Initiative (PDF), a five-year campaign designed to help 1 million poor people living in rural Latin America improve their lives.
In Asia, Grameen Foundation is developing and replicating new business models, with a specific focus on innovations in mobile financial and information services designed to serve the poor. Despite rapid economic progress over the past twenty years, Asia remains home to the majority of the world’s poor.
We are also championing a data-driven approach in the development sector to improve the design of programs and products for the poor. As part of that initiative, we are developing a Poverty Movement Report that examines changes in poverty across time.
Grameen Foundation supports microfinance across the Middle East and North Africa through Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Limited. Grameen Foundation and Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives, a subsidiary of the Abdul Latif Jameel Group jointly established the company in 2003 and incorporated it in 2007.
The vast majority of the world's poorest countries are in Africa, and nearly half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s 910 million people are estimated to live on less than US$1.25 per day. Grameen Foundation has been working in Sub-Saharan Africa for more than a decade, improving the livelihoods of the region’s poor by building relevant mobile-based solutions and increasing access to financial services. Our current work focuses on delivering financial solutions and information services via mobile technology that target the rural poor, with a specific focus on agriculture, health and livelihoods.