Saturday, August 21, 2010

From the AJC Decatur Book Festival website:

Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in microfinance, will discuss his new book, Building Social Business, at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, in Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College. The AJC DBF is co-hosting with Agnes Scott and Coca Cola. The event is free and open to the public.

The Bangladeshi banker and economist received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2009. He developed the concepts of microcredit and microfinance while he was a professor of economics. These loans are given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. Yunus is also the founder of Grameen Bank. Yunus and the bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.” He is the author of Banker to the Poor and a founding board member of Grameen America and Grameen Foundation.

This is not a ticketed event, and seats are expected to fill fast, so be sure to arrive early for a spot.

The Decatur Book Festival, under the leadership of Daren Wang, continues to bring in authors that matter to our world community.  In this case, Mr. Yunus is a banker who also happens to be an author by virtue of his spreading the word of the important work of the Grameen Bank.

Do arrive early.  This Wednesday, August 25, in Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College.  Free.

(Unfortunately, I don't have a credit for this photograph.  It's a great shot.)

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