Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has called for zero poverty in the world and sought the microfinance professionals to work to achieve the goal.
After inaugurating the new corporate office of NBFC-MFI Grameen Koota in Bangalore early this month, Prof Yunus, who inscribed his message “Keep Changing the world” on the wall, said: “We have to create a world where we have no poverty, zero poverty.”
He vouched that poverty should be kept in the museum. “We will create that. We have to come up with all the ideas to create that. We have a mission to accomplish and together we can make it happen.”
Urging the microfinance industry to work towards ending poverty in the world, he said, “Today you have a clear mission in front of you. Make sure you understand it. Within your outline work, you have a bigger mission and work towards achieving that. Make sure your work changes the world.”
Bangalore-based NBFC –MFI, Grameen Koota Financial Services Pvt Ltd (Grameen Koota) has 286 branches in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, with a million customers. It was modeled after Yunus’s Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.