Notes from the Field

Honoring Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus & Indonesian NGO Leader Nani Zulminarni

June 18, 2014

Today in New York at the annual Lotus Leadership Awards, hosted by First U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer, The Asia Foundation honored Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Nani Zulminarni, and the Estée Lauder Companies for their commitment to improving the lives of young women in Asia. In this brand-new video, just premiered today in New York, Professor Yunus talks about his decades of work in pioneering microcredit, and the impact that access to credit has had on lifting thousands of women out of poverty. Awardee Nani Zulminarni, who heads the Indonesian organization PEKKA (which in Indonesian stands for “Women-Headed Household Empowerment”) discusses her work with women in conflict regions so they can gain access to finance and build their savings. Watch video.

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