Grameen America Resource Manual

December 6, 2011 | 8:53 AM

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Providing Support Beyond Micro-loans
While Grameen America is known foremost for its micro-loans to low-income entrepreneurs, it also aims to provide its borrowers the necessary support and essential information to start, consolidate, and grow a private business.

Throughout this year, I compiled a Resource Manual identifying affordable resources that borrowers can consult to address the countless issues encountered on the road to economic self-reliance. To date, four borough-specific versions of the Manual have been completed (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens).

Based on explicitly voiced questions from our borrowers, the Manual contains nine different sections: federal economic support programs; welfare resources; financial resources; assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses; adult education programs; health services; child care and after-school programs; legal counseling; and immigration services.

Each section provides a description of the services and a list of federal, state, and local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations that provide free or low-cost assistance to low-income households and individuals.


At Grameen America, access is the key to empowerment. The Resource Manual provides access to existing services through local awareness.



By Benoit Jadoul—Pro-Bono Consultant

1 comments:

eliza said...

Thank you, Benoit, for putting together such a valuable resource. It's important for change-making organizations to look beyond the loan and to keep in mind the big picture, and that is what GA is doing with this manual. Great work!

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