Don’t let the Bangladeshi government threaten access to loans for poor women
  • Petitioned Bangladeshi Ambassador to US, H.E. Akramul Qader

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Bangladeshi Ambassador to US, H.E. Akramul Qader

Don’t let the Bangladeshi government threaten access to loans for poor women

    1. Sponsored by

      Grameen Foundation

Poor women in Bangladesh are at risk of losing access to loans that have helped them lift themselves out of poverty.

Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning professor, pioneered the use of "micro-loans" to the poor, especially women, in his native Bangladesh in the late ‘70s. Inspired by this experience, he then founded Grameen Bank to provide tiny loans to the poor, so they could start or expand small businesses and work themselves and their families out of poverty. While Prof. Yunus was forced to resign in May due to partisan political battles, his work helping the world’s poorest people goes on through the Bank’s work.

But right now the Bangladeshi government is drafting new regulations that could allow it to take control of Grameen Bank, pushing poor women out of their majority ownership. With the government at the helm, the Bank and its borrowers could be subject to the whims of politics, threatening the very core of what made this poverty-fighting organization great.

A government takeover could threaten the progress made by Grameen Bank and the work of Prof. Yunus to end poverty. You can make a difference by putting international pressure on the government of Bangladesh to stop these regulations from being enacted.

Please sign this letter supporting an independent Grameen Bank, and we will deliver it to H.E. Akramul Qader, the Bangladeshi government’s Ambassador to the U.S.

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    1. Reached 12,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • fernando ruiz MONTREAL, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      Mr. Yunus is the most remarkable personality of the last thirty years in the world. He has made a sort of miracle: believe in changing the poor's conditions, and treat them with dignity, by means of providing self-employment loans as a basic right to get out of poverty.

    • Kalyan Basu SAMMAMISH, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      Prof. Yunus created a revolution in financing the industry of marginalized people, particularly women, in a way that was gave them dignity and control over their destinies. He is an inspiration for people the world over. This is revolution is of too great a historical and human significance to lose over petty squabbles of small men.

    • dorothy terino GREAT BARRINGTON, MA
      • about 3 years ago

      Everyone has a right to basic needs for life: water, food, shelter, clothing, safety........Providing loans through this organization helps to ensure that many people who do not enjoy these BASIC requirements will receive them. People become self sufficient, productive, and able to help others in their community.


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