Enable the poor, especially women, to create a world without poverty and hunger.
We create breakthroughs to end poverty and hunger.
Grameen Foundation is a global nonprofit that creates breakthrough solutions spanning financial, agricultural and health services. We use digital technology and strengthen local partner networks to design and deliver solutions that open opportunity for women and families living in poverty.
Our work is inspired by the people we serve. We believe there is no greater force than the power of women driven to improve their own lives and the lives of those around them. But they need real breakthroughs that enable them to overcome the economic, cultural and gender barriers that keep families trapped in poverty.
To engender such breakthroughs, we design strategies that equip women and families with essential tools and knowledge. We train networks of field agents to implement the solutions, and provide training and education to the women themselves. We bring together partners to co-design and scale-up solutions. And, we evaluate our impact to continuously improve the work we do.
The most important breakthrough is hers.
It is the breakthrough of a woman who is no longer afraid to try something new. Using new tools, knowledge and connections, she began saving. She invested in her farm. She talked to her husband about planning their family. Her children were hungry and sick, then she learned how she could help them. She took action. She changed her life, and the lives of her children and her community.
The most important breakthrough is hers -- and that is just the beginning.
Our breakthroughs are:
- Powered by digital innovation
We make use of the mobile phone that is in nearly every household to break through barriers of distance, cost and illiteracy. We use mobile phones to deliver information, training and services. Digital tools help us to collect data and derive insights for solutions that improve smallholder farming and provide access to health services for people in poor communities.
- Anchored by community
We develop breakthrough solutions for individuals and groups, whether a women’s self-help group in rural India, a savings groups in a West African village, or a farmers’ collective in the mountains of Mexico. Working through groups further extends the reach of digital solutions, and supports members as they build community, confidence and capability.
- Realized with partners
We convene the partners needed to create and implement sustainable solutions. Microfinance institutions and banks, technology companies and agribusinesses, non-governmental organizations and government agencies — all can be partners. Many partners operate their own networks of field agents. We train them on the new tools and ways of working, enabling partners to scale and sustain solutions. Partners have their own breakthroughs, as they learn how to better work with and for the poor.
- Integrated by nature
The problems of poverty are complex and interlinked, and so are the solutions. We create integrated financial, health, nutritional and agricultural services, and always consider the impacts on women and men, to ensure that solutions benefit all.
At Grameen Foundation, we’re dedicated to ensuring that the relentless spirits and hard work of women around the world aren’t wasted. We’re dedicated to supporting their indomitable wills with breakthrough ways to do what they are already driven to do – to provide secure lives and bright futures for their families, their communities and themselves.