Muhammad Yunus

Ashoka Fellow
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Fellow since 1999
This description of Muhammad Yunus's work was prepared when Muhammad Yunus was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.


Founder of the Grameen Bank, winner of 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, and leader in microcredit. He has spread microcredit globally and pioneered in social business ventures such as Grameen Telecom which have enabled rural village women to become profitable sellers of telecommunications service in their communities.