|Grameen Family of Enterprises
As a result of the success of Grameen Bank in reaching and serving the poor with credit, many people and organizations began to think in Grameen's way, and wanted to learn more about Grameen and follow Grameen's principles in their own sphere of work. It is primarily to meet this demand that the Grameen Trust (GT) came into being in 1989.
Grameen Fund was incorporated
on January 17, 1994 as a "not-for-profit" company and started operations
on February 1, 1994. Its emphasis is on providing finance to ventures
that are risky, technology - oriented and otherwise deprived of
financing from existing formal lending institutions.
Grameen Communications, a member
of Grameen family of enterprises, is a not for profit Information
Technology company. It has been providing complete systems solution through
developing software products and services, internet services, hardware & networking services and IT
education services since its inception in 1997 under the
Companies Act, 1994.
Grameen Shakti (GS) is a not-for-profit
rural power company whose purpose is to supply renewable energy
to unelectrified villages in Bangladesh. GS expects not only to
supply renewable energy services, but also to create employment
and income-generation opportunities in rural Bangladesh.
Grameen Shikkha is a company
in the family of Grameen companies. Established in 1997 its main
objectives are to promote mass education in rural areas, provide
financial support in the form of loans and grants for the purpose
of education, use IT for alleviation of illiteracy and evelopment
of education, promote new technologies and innovate ideas and methods
for development of education etc. Grameen Shikkha has been conducting
Life Oriented Education Program, Pre-school/Child Development Program,
Early Childhood Development Program and Arsenic Mitigation Program
in various districts of Bangladesh.
Grameen Telecom is a company dedicated to bringing the information revolution to the rural people of Bangladesh. Grameen Telecom is planning, over the next 4 years, to provide GSM 900/1100 cellular mobile phone service to 100 million rural inhabitants in 68,000 villages of Bangladesh by (1) financing 60,000 members of Grameen Bank to provide village pay phone service and (2) providing direct phones to potential subscribers.
Grameen Knitwear Limited: The
company is a 100% export oriented composite knitwear factory, located
in the Export Processing Zone in Savar in the vicinity of Dhaka,
the capital of Bangladesh. It has knitting, dyeing, finishing and
garments production facilities. Most of the machinery and equipment
have been sourced from Europe. The factory is capable to produce
very high quality of different knit fabrics and garments of children,
men and women. The fabrics and garments are fabric and yarn dyed
100% cotton, TC, CVC, Polyester with lycra attachement etc of various
counts. The countries where the goods are currently exported are
mostly Europe. The goods are exported against confirmed irrevocable
letter of credit.
Grameen Cybernet Ltd. has been
Bangladesh's leader in Internet service provision since it commenced
operation in July 1996. Its Chief Executive has had an extensive
career in education and information technology in the US and is
assisted by a team of bright, young executives.