SOURCE: Grameen Foundation

October 20, 2008 13:48 ET

Media Advisory: Grameen Foundation 2008 Awards Celebrate Poverty Fighters in the Muslim World

Discussion Will Also Examine Impact of Financial Crisis on World's Poor

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - October 20, 2008) -

What:   Grameen Foundation is honoring a microfinance pioneer and two
        organizations that have played pivotal roles in helping poor Muslim
        women access much needed financial services at its 2008
        Microfinance Awards luncheon.

        The honorees and other microfinance and international development
        leaders will also weigh in on the impact of the ongoing global
        crisis on the world's poor and what microfinance institutions can
        learn from the demise of financial giants at the annual Knowledge
        Sharing Roundtable which precedes the Awards luncheon.

        Nurjahan Begum of Grameen Bank will receive the Susan M. Davis
        Lifetime Achievement Award for organizing women in Bangladesh's
        poorest villages and leading the fight for the rights of
        disadvantaged women for more than 30 years.

        Mitra Bisnis Keluarga (MBK) Ventura of Indonesia will receive the
        Excellence in Microfinance Award and Al Tadamun of Egypt will
        receive the Grameen Foundation and Grameen-Jameel Pan-Arab Pioneer
        in Microfinance Award.

        The honorary co-chairs are His Excellency M. Humayun Kabir, the
        Ambassador of Bangladesh to the U.S., and His Excellency Sudjadnan
        Parnohadiningrat, the Ambassador of Indonesia to the U.S.

When:   Wednesday, November 12, 2008
        Knowledge Sharing Roundtable: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
        Awards Luncheon: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Where:  The Cosmos Club, 2112 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

Interview Opportunities:

         --  Alex Counts, president, Grameen Foundation
         --  Nurjahan Begum, general manager, Grameen Bank
         --  Shafiq Dhanani, chief commissioner, and Elisabeth Sweeting,
             CEO, Mitra Bisnis Keluarga (MBK) Ventura
         --  Reham Farouk, executive director, Al Tadamun

Media Contact:  Liselle Yorke
                202-628-3560, ext. 128; 202-549-3400 (mobile)

About Grameen Foundation

Founded in 1997, Grameen Foundation's global microfinance network and technology initiatives touch more than 34 million lives in 28 countries. For more, visit

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