Interview

Lunch with the FT: Muhammad Yunus

Last Updated : 26th June, 2014

By Martin Dickson The Nobel Peace Prize-winner and economist drinks a glass of water and talks about microcreditThis is awkward: I am about to sit down to lunch with a man who has just told me he does not want to eat anything with me.Nothing personal, you understand. It is just that Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Bangladeshi economist famed for starting the global microcredit movement, has already eaten when he arrives for Lunch with the FT, an interview whose essential featu...

Q&A: Muhammad Yunus

Last Updated : 26th June, 2014

The microfinance pioneer and Nobel prize winner talks to Gines Haro Pastor about his future plans, supporting other social businesses and how the Grameen bank evolved Gines Haro Pastor    Guardian Professional, Friday 29 July 2011 06.00 BST You usually use the term social business instead of social enterprise. Can you explain the difference between them?What I was trying to do was to take [entrepreneurship] in one particular direction: turning it into creating a social busines...

National Microfinance Conference 2009 in New Delhi

Last Updated : 13th January, 2015

Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, has been a great inspiration to the entire microfinance community. Microfinance Focus congratulates Dr Yunus and takes the opportunity to republish an exclusive interview that Dr. Yunus had given to it on March 30 on the sidelines of the Sa-Dhan's National Microfinance Conference 2009 in New Delhi. It is a show piece of Dr yunus's views on microfinance that will have an enduring impact on the community forever:MF FOCUS: Mic...

The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs

Last Updated : 9th June, 2015

Interview with Muhammad Yunus, author of Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs It all started with a gift of $27. In 1974, Muhammad Yunus was an economics professor atChittagong University in Bangladesh when a combination of war, natural disasters and an international oil crisis toppled his country into a devastating famine. How could he simply teach elegant theories of the free market, he thought, while hunger and poverty threatened th...

Beyond Profit: A Talk With Muhammad Yunus

Last Updated : 9th June, 2015

By DAVID BORNSTEIN Today, in a ceremony at the United States Capitol, Congressional leaders will present the founder of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his “efforts to combat global poverty.”  The award places Yunus in the company of a small group of people – including Norman Borlaug, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Elie Wiesel, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and Mother Teresa — who have received t...

Fighting poverty with $30 loans-Q & A Muhammad Yunus

Last Updated : 10th June, 2015

Muhammad Yunus is a man who changed the world. Microcredit was the first time many poor people had access to financial services. Today we have 8.5 million borrowers. Cumulatively, we have given out over $11 billion. Now every time I want to address a problem, I create a business. Muhammad Yunus is a man who changed the world. By coming up with a way to lend poor people as little as $30 to start businesses, he reduced poverty so much that he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. Now he is sp...

I came to believe that credit is a human right

Last Updated : 10th June, 2015

Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Muhammad Yunus part of team working to bring down other wallsImage Credit: Gulf News ArchivesDr Younus is among a group of eminent ersonalities in the UN Millennium Development Goals advocacy group.To galvanise support for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established the advocacy group in June 2010.A group of eminent personalities who have shown outstanding leadership in promoting the implementation of these goals, i...

Interview with Muhammad Yunus : his vision of social business

Last Updated : 10th June, 2015

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize (2006), sometimes called the "banker of the poor" and founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, dedicated to microcredit, now chairs the Yunus Centre to raise funds and provide guidance in social business to countries in the North as in the South. Having established structures of social business with many Western companies, Mr Yunus is convinced that his concept based on the principle of "no loss, no dividends" is a new capitalist road, more humane and balanced, a...

Microcredit is a business; business to help people

Last Updated : 10th June, 2015

Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of microcredit and the founder of Grameen Bank. A determination to help create a world free of poverty inspired Professor Muhammad Yunus to experiment with providing collateral free loans to the poor in his native Bangladesh in the 1970s. The experiment was a success and led to the development of the Grameen Bank, to provide microfinance to the poor. In 2006, Prof. Yunus and the Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their effort...

Bandhan may lose its small loan focus after becoming a bank”: Muhammad Yunus’s Interview with Live Mint

Last Updated : 10th June, 2015

Muhammad Yunus | Bandhan may lose its small loan focus after becoming a bankThe Nobel laureate and founder of microfinance pioneer Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank says MFIs in India could be greedy and tapping the capital market or raising loans from private equity funds is a bad ideaMumbai: Muhammad Yunus , Nobel laureate and founder of microfinance pioneer Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank, said it is doubtful whether India’s largest microfinance institution (MFI) Bandhan Financial Service...

Interview with PROF. MUHAMMAD YUNUS in Dhaka

Last Updated : 30th June, 2015

Monika Korber: I read a little bit in your books, I heard one of your speeches and I was wondering, what are the milestones in your life, that led you to get into the social business, to help people?PROF. MUHAMMAD YUNUS: I would say the major thing was something that I discovered during the student time in the school. When I was 15 years old I had an opportunity to participate in a Boy Scout trip through North America and almost all over Europe.  So I could go outside and see the world whil...

The Man who invented social business -EY interview

Last Updated : 4th August, 2015

The Man who invented social business (EY interview)The modestmoney-lending scheme that Muhammad Yunus launched four decades ago to support villagers in Bangladesh has sincebecome a global force for good. The Nobel Prize winner explains how microfinance turns the traditional economic system on its head and puts power in the hands of the people.The best-known anecdote from the long and storied career of economist and social entrepreneur Muhammad Yunus is the one about the extremely modest beginnin...

The GreenMoney Interview

Last Updated : 4th August, 2015

The GreenMoney InterviewWhen award-winning filmmaker Holly Mosher read about 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and the story of Grameen Bank’s microcredit for women in Bangladesh, she was fascinated. Why had an economist and a bank won the prize for peace and not the prize for economics? And how had one man gone from loaning $27 to 42 people, to helping one out of every 1,000 people on earth? With these questions in mind, she embarked on a film about his work.However, when she r...

The business of caring - VISION Interview

Last Updated : 4th August, 2015

Muhammad Yunus founded Grameen Bank, the microcredit ‘bank for the poor’, that is now lending over one and a half billion dollars each year. He explains his philosophy behind his caring approach to commerce  What does it feel like to win a Nobel prize? For Professor Mohammed Yunus, it was the legitimacy that the prize brought to his work with the poor, rather than any accolade, that meant the most to him. “Winning the prize was an exciting experience. It gives you an oppor...

An interview with Muhammad Yunus: The godfather of microcredit shares his views – and concerns – about the sector

Last Updated : 4th August, 2015

Muhammad YunusFew individuals cast a longer shadow in the world of social enterprise than Nobel Laureate and Grameen Bank Founder Muhammad Yunus. We were grateful for the opportunity to interview him at the 17th Microcredit Summit earlier this month.In the course of our brief conversation, Yunus wasn't shy about disagreeing with some of the approaches being discussed and promoted at the summit. For instance, the conference dedicatedquite a bit of favorable coverage to the sector’s efforts ...

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