By Chandralekha Chaudhari, Ujjivan
Crossposted from Ujjivan
Ms. Nurjahan Begum was one of many earliest associates of Professor Muhammad Yunus when the latter began the Grameen Financial institution Mission in 1976 within the village Jobra in Chittagong district of Bangladesh. A scholar of Chittagong College, Ms. Nurjahan performed an necessary function in organizing poor rural ladies in Grameen Financial institution’s grassroots teams within the financial institution’s earliest and most difficult days when rural ladies had been hardly allowed to go outdoor and converse to non-relative males, not to mention take a mortgage from an establishment. Poverty, illiteracy and superstition had been prevalent, and deprivation of the ladies and oppression in opposition to them had been widespread. Ms. Nurjahan needed to battle in opposition to such odds and work within the poorest areas of Bangladesh like Chittagong, Tangail, Rangpur and Patuakhali when she labored as program officer in these areas and motivated and skilled native younger ladies who joined the Grameen Financial institution Mission. She impressed educated ladies of Bangladesh and labored as function mannequin for them to do an institutional job, particularly for one which works for deprived ladies. She was additionally head of the financial institution’s Particular Program which labored for management coaching of Grameen debtors and implementation of the social improvement applications of the financial institution together with its “The Sixteen Choices.”
She labored as Common Supervisor, Coaching & Worldwide Program of the Nobel winner financial institution for greater than a decade and in addition served as Principal of Grameen Financial institution’s Central Coaching Institute. She has labored as marketing consultant, coach and evaluator of microcredit applications and lectured at totally different universities, conferences, and seminars in lots of international locations like China, Italy, Spain, India, Pakistan, Germany, USA, UK, Canada, France, Qatar, Thailand, Turkey and Malaysia. She has extensively traveled world wide, gaining large information in improvement and girls points.
Ms. Nurjahan labored as Deputy Managing Director of Grameen Financial institution and in addition labored as its Performing Managing Director when the financial institution’s founder Professor Muhammad Yunus retired from the financial institution in Could 2011. She retired from Grameen Financial institution on 14 August 2012, serving about 35 years within the financial institution.
Ms. Nurjahan has been working as honorary managing director of Grameen Shikkha (Schooling), a company within the Grameen Financial institution household with Professor Yunus as its chairman, since Shikkha was established in 1997. Grameen Shikkha is a non-profit group working within the fields of scholarship administration, vocational coaching, non-formal main schooling and early childhood improvement. It has offered fundamental literacy abilities to greater than three thousand illiterate ladies debtors of Grameen Financial institution, scholarship help to greater than 4 thousand poor meritorious rural college students about 900 of whom at the moment are in increased research, pre-school schooling to greater than 150 thousand rural and concrete slum youngsters, early childhood care coaching to about 135 thousand rural ladies, and early childhood orientation coaching to about three thousand officers and native elites.
Ms. Nurjahan can be working as director in a variety of corporations like Grameen Belief, Grameen Agricultural and Livestock Basis, Grameen Shakti, Grameen Knitwear, Grameen Kalyan, Grameen Healthcare Providers Ltd., Grameen Telecom, and as chairperson of Grameen Distribution Ltd. She can be on the managing board of Heart for Mass Schooling in Science (CMES), one in all main NGOs in Bangladesh working within the subject of human useful resource improvement by way of schooling and abilities coaching. She additionally labored as director of Grameenphone Ltd. Bangladesh and Grameen Basis, USA.
Ms. Nurjahan was awarded, in addition to numerous different awards and honors, the Susan M. Davis Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008 by Grameen Basis. She was additionally awarded World Summit Millennium Improvement Objectives Award 2009 and the Imaginative and prescient Award 2009.
Publish Script from Ujjivan CEO, Samit Ghosh
My affiliation with Noorjahan Begum goes again to pre-Ujjivan days of July 2003, once I visited Grameen Financial institution to take part the Grameen Dialogue program to get my first publicity to microfinance. She was a topic of awe & veneration, as one of many pioneers of microfinance in Bangladesh. She was one in all Professor Yunus’ scholar at Chittagong College who joined him in beginning the Grameen Financial institution Mission by organizing the ladies on the famed Jobra village the place it began in 1976. I had the privilege to work together along with her a variety of instances in Bangladesh and at numerous microfinance summits through the years. Her humility and heat struck a chord in me that of a sister I by no means had. Her function within the creation & life-long contribution to Grameen Financial institution and because the quiet ambassador of microfinance world wide makes her one in all excellent ladies leaders for monetary inclusion on the earth.