"Now I can be more independent, and I am grateful for this. I have more control over my life than I did before joining Grameen America."

LIFTING

AMERICA

Give with us 

Philanthropists can make
one-time donations or multiyear
commitments, which will
allow us to expand to new
cities, introduce new products,
and further develop innovative
services for our members.

Grant/Loan with us

Foundations and charitable
organizations can sustain and
expand our programs through
grants. Commercial lenders
and foundations can make
program-related investments
and Community Reinvestment
Act-related grants and loans.

Impact invest with us 

Investors can have significant impact on communities through our impact investment initiatives. Since every lent dollar returns to the loan portfolio when it is repaid, a $1M investment yields $12M in loans to low-income women entrepreneurs over five years.

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"THROUGH THE GRAMEEN AMERICA PROGRAM, I HAVE MADE FRIENDS, MADE NEW PEOPLE, AND LEARNED FROM OTHER BUSINESS OWNERS."

HEATHER

HARLEM, NY



In the most rigorous, independent, third-party evaluation of microfinance in the United States to date, top-tier research organization MDRC is assessing Grameen America’s program in Union City, New Jersey. MDRC used a randomized controlled trial design—the gold standard of research methods that uses the same rigorous methods as pharmaceutical trials. While there have been several evaluations of international microfinance programs, few robust studies, and no randomized controlled trials, have been conducted of U.S. microfinance programs
—until now.





THE FIRST-EVER RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL OF MICROFINANCE IN THE U.S.

 


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$300 Million Campaign 

We are launching a bold new campaign to realize our broader vision for the next 10 years. 

 

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Reaching Strategic Growth

LIFTING WOMEN

With over a decade of growth, Grameen America has hit and surpassed proof of concept. With strategic support from the Boston Consulting Group, the organization aims to expand its products, services, and geographies.

New Geographies

Over the next decade, we aim to scale our operations to 40 locations. We recently opened a new branch in Fresno, as well as a third branch in Los Angeles. We plan to open new branches in Chicago, Connecticut, and further expansion in California and Texas. To widen the radius that we serve in large cities with greater need, like New York, we will also initiate a “hub and spoke” approach—to deepen our impact on the communities we already serve.


New Products

To help members embark on the next phase of business growth, we will roll out a Business Expansion Loan. Starting at $10,000, the Business Expansion Loan will assist our more advanced members in scaling their microenterprises into formalized small businesses.


Our weekly meetings provide a unique opportunity to consistently engage members with networking and education. Our Member Development Program delivers training on personal finance, business, as well as other topics. Our joint health initiative with Grameen PrimaCare, Grameen Promotoras, offers information on a range of health and wellness issues, referrals to local health providers, and system navigation.


Guadalupe

Electronics Store Owner                                                                


in Houston

LIFTING FAMILIES


Since opening in 2008, Grameen America has established 23 branches in 15 cities, disbursing over $1.32 billion to more than 124,000 low-income women across the U.S. 


Reaching National Scale 

40

U.S. Branches                      Women Served                        Total Loans Disbursed 

400K

$12B


Over the next decade, we aim to reach the following milestones.

LIFTING COMMUNITIES


Through a mixture of philanthropy and debt capital, the Lifting America Campaign will allow us to scale our organization, lift low-income communities, and create multigenerational change. Your pledge your will impact low-income women through access to capital, asset-building, credit establishment and financial education. 

Philanthropists, Foundations and Corporate and Individual Investors can support us in a variety of ways. From grants and donations to commercial loans, here is how you can get involved.




"Through the Grameen program, I have made friends, met new people, and learned from other business owners."

in Harlem

Heather

Hair Salon Owner                                                                

Rosa 

Fresh Juice Business Owner                                                                

in Miami

Blanca

Clothing Store Owner                                                                

in Queens

We are launching a bold new campaign to realize our broader vision for the next 10 years. 

 

$300 Million 

Campaign

New Geographies

Over the next decade, we aim to scale our operations to 40 locations. We recently opened a new branch in Fresno, as well as a third branch in Los Angeles. We plan to open new branches in Chicago, Connecticut, and further expansion in California and   Texas. To widen the radius that we serve in large cities with greater need, like New York, we will also initiate a “hub and spoke” approach—to deepen our impact on the communities we already serve.


New Products

To help members embark on the next phase of business growth, we will roll out a Business Expansion Loan. Starting at $10,000, the Business Expansion Loan will assist our more advanced members in scaling their microenterprises into formalized small businesses.


New Services

Our weekly meetings provide a unique opportunity to consistently engage members with networking and education. Our Member Development Program delivers training on personal finance, business, as well as other topics. Our joint health initiative with Grameen PrimaCare, Grameen Promotoras, offers information on a range of health and wellness issues, referrals to local health providers, and system navigation.


Total Loans Disbursed 

U.S. Branches              

Women Served                         

Advancing Change 

New Services