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Every year, an estimated 971 million volunteers provide more than $1.3 trillion worth of services to organizations around the world. This week, they are being celebrated in the U.S. and Canada.

Grameen Foundation has been a leader in unlocking the potential of skilled volunteerism. We launched our Bankers without Borders® initiative five years ago to match skilled professionals with social enterprises that needed their expertise. In that time, we’ve supported 920 projects at 150 organizations and provided $7.68 million in in-kind services. Definitely worth celebrating!

Read on to meet a volunteer who used her HR skills to help a Kenyan organization serve more clients, and hear from some of our early volunteers who have provided essential support in areas such as marketing and developing business processes.

Building Bridges Between Kenya & Minnesota


Working with Century DTM, Laura Norris (far right) learned some things aren’t that different between Kenya and the U.S.

It’s almost a cliché: An organization’s strongest assets are its employees. But this is especially true for organizations working on international development. Spotty electricity, long drives to meet with clients and other challenges can test the resolve of even the most dedicated employee.

When Laura Norris first met the team at Century DTM in Kenya in late 2012, its small staff of 16 people was successfully serving 2,900 microfinance clients. But the team knew they had to expand quickly to manage the organization’s aggressive growth plans. It had recently received its license to accept deposits and had established its first deposit-taking branch in the capital city, Nairobi. It now wanted to expand its branches into rural Kenya and needed a range of new staff positions to support the expansion. Its leadership team well understood the risks of not having enough staff...

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