PovertySocial entrepreneur:Muhammad Yunus (born 28June 1940) is a Bangladeshibanker, economist and NobelPrize recipient
Muhammad Yunus (born 28 June 1940) is a Bangladeshi banker, economist and Noble Peace Prize recipient. He previously was a professor of economics where he developed the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. In 2006 Yunus and Grameen Bank received the “Noble Peace Prize"for their efforts through microcredit to create economic and social development from below". Yunus himself has received several other national and international honours.
Mohammad Yunus helped by starting a special bank for needy people in Bangladesh. This special bank caters to people who are poor and cannot afford high interest rates from a normal bank. He loans small amounts of money to the poor people with low interest rates. These loans are given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans
In 1976, during visits to the poorest households in the village of Jobra near Chittagong University, Yunus discovered that very small loans could make a disproportionate difference to a poor person. Accumulated through many loans, this vastly improving Bangladeshs ability to export and import as it did in the past, resulting in a greater form of globalisation and economic status. While traditional banks were not interested in making tiny loans at reasonable interest rates to the poor due to high repayment risks,Yunus believed that given the chance the poor will repay the borrowed money and hence microcredit could be a viable business model.
Yunus finally succeeded in securing a loan from the government Janata Bank to lend it to the poor in Jobra in December 1976. In 2012, he was installed as Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, serving in this capacity as the universitys titular head. He is also a member of advisory board at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. Previously, he was a professor of economics at Chittagong University where he developed the concepts of microcredit and microfinance.
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