About

We believe in the power of business to end poverty and the climate crisis.

Our work offers a dignified hand out of poverty to millions of people through social business - a model pioneered by our Co-Founder, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus.

Yunus Social Business today

Yunus Funds grows local social businesses that provide employment, education, healthcare, clean water and clean energy to over 13 million people in East Africa, Latin America & India. We turn donations into investments in social businesses, which we reinvest over and over again, multiplying the impact each time.

Our long-term, patient loans and hands-on growth support are delivered by our teams of local professionals, partnering with social businesses to help them flourish. Our headquarters are in Berlin, Germany.

Our roots in a new kind of business

In 1983, Prof. Muhammad Yunus founded theGrameen Bank, beginning a microfinance revolutionwhich in 2006 earned him one of humanity’s mostprestigious awards, theNobel Peace Prize.

Grameen grew from a microcredit bank into a groupof enterprises created with the specific intention ofsolving human problems. These embodied the firstcases of a new, emerging model: social business.

Our growth journey

Yunus Social Business was founded in 2011 to expand on the success of social business from Bangladesh and ignite it around the world.

Over the last ten years, we have funded social businesses that have served around 18 million people. Our geographical footprint has developed to include Brazil, Colombia, India, Kenya, Uganda and, most recently, Rwanda. We have also previously operated in countries where we no longer work: Haiti, the Balkans and Tunisia.

Embedding social business in corporations

Yunus Corporate guides multinationals (such as Danone, Veolia, McCain, MAN and Tata) to help them transform their purpose. Harnessing our years of experience with social businesses and corporations, we connect the two. With our method, corporations can apply their core competencies to some of the greatest human challenges.

These activities operate under the for-profit entity Yunus Social Business Gmbh which is set up as a social business, separate from the charitable entity. 100% of the profits are reinvested to continue to generate and scale our social impact.

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