September 16, 2010 | 1:43 PM
We are thrilled to announce that next week is our second annual Grameen America Week.
Save the dates!
Grameen America Week is a celebration of our third successful year of providing microfinance services to low-income entrepreneurs in the United States. For the week of September 20th-24th we will be hosting a number of events and kicking off several exciting new campaigns.
On Monday, September 20th, in honor of Grameen America Week and Whole Foods 30th anniversary, we are going to be partnering with them at each of their six Manhattan stores. The Grameen America staff will be on hand to serve up inexpensive Ice-Cream Sundaes. 100% of the proceeds will go to providing microloans for low-income entrepreneurs. Stop and chat with the Grameen America staff and make sure to get an Ice-Cream Sundae for microloans!
On Thursday, September 23rd, we will host a webinar for supporters around the world with an informational session conducted live from the headquarters of Grameen America, New York City. Register now!
Beginning this week we are also running a texting campaign called Text “America.” It’s easy, just text 85944 and donate $10 to Grameen America. The aim of this campaign is to raise $7,500, enough to form a group of 5 borrowers, five first time loans of $1,500 each. We think this is a great way for each donor to become a microlender and discover the power that a small donation can have in the lives of our borrowers. Please help us by donating and by telling your friends and family about the program.
Grameen America week also marks the launch of Grameen U, a program that enlists student representatives from universities across the country who are interested in microfinance to help a growing Microfinance Institution. We hope this is just the beginning of our involvement with students in North America. During Grameen America Week, schools participating in Grameen U will be hosting events to commemorate this special occasion.
We will be updating the blog throughout the week with updates from of all these great events. We hope to see you there!
"Poverty exists because we've built our philosophical framework on assumptions that underestimate human capacities (...). Let's dedicate ourselves to bringing an end to it at the earliest possible date, and putting poverty in the museums once and for all."
- Muhammad Yunus