People should wake up in the morning and say 'I am not a job seeker, I am a job-creator.

ā€” Muhammad Yunus

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All people are entrepreneurs, but many don't have the opportunity to find that out.


I believe that we can create a poverty-free world because poverty is not created by poor people. It has been created and sustained by the economic and social systems that we have designed for ourselves; the institutions and concepts that make up that system; the policies that we pursue.


Poverty is the absence of all human rights.

The frustrations, hostility and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society.


Iā€™m encouraging young people to become social business entrepreneurs and contribute to the world, rather than just making money. Making money is no fun. Contributing to and changing the world is a lot more fun.


People.. were poor not because they were stupid or lazy. They worked all day long, doing complex physical tasks. They were poor because the financial institution in the country did not help them widen their economic base.


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What we are trying to do is to create a social business in Bangladesh, a joint venture to create restaurants for common people. Good, healthy food at affordable prices so that people don't have to opt for food that is unhealthy and unhygienic.


The oneness of human beings is the basic ethical thread that holds us together.


We developed microfinance to fight loan sharks - I was telling people don't go to loan sharks - not trying to take advantage and make money for myself. I would be a junior loan shark if I did ... It is not a panacea.


Once poverty is gone, we'll need to build museums to display its horrors to future generations. They'll wonder why poverty continued so long in human society - how a few people could live in luxury while billions dwelt in misery, deprivation and despair.


A charity dollar has only one life; a Social Business dollar can be invested over and over again.


Charity only perpetuates poverty by taking the initiative away from the poor.


If we want to help poor people out, one way to do that is to help them explore and use their own capability. Human being is full of capacity, full of capability, it's a wonderful creation, but many people never get a chance to explore that, never know that she or he has that.


About Muhammad Yunus

Quotes 153 sayings
Profession Economist
Birthday October 16

We can remove poverty from the surface of the earth only if we can redesign our institutions - like the banking institutions, and other institutions; if we redesign our policies, if we look back on our concepts, so that we have a different idea of poor people.


Human creativity is unlimited. It is the capacity of humans to make things happen which didn't happen before. Creativity provides the key to solving our social and economic problems.


I had no idea that I would ever get involved with something like lending money to poor people, given the circumstances in which I was working in Bangladesh.


Poor people are bonsai people. There is nothing wrong in their seeds. Simply, society never gave them the base to grow on. All it needs to get the poor people out of poverty for us to create an enabling environment for them. Once the poor can unleash their energy and creativity, poverty will disappear very quickly.


There are cultural issues everywhere - in Bangladesh, Latin America, Africa, wherever you go. But somehow when we talk about cultural differences, we magnify those differences.


Poverty is unnecessary.


I was teaching in one of the universities while the country was suffering from a severe famine. People were dying of hunger, and I felt very helpless. As an economist, I had no tool in my tool box to fix that kind of situation.


When tiny, tiny things start happening a million times, it becomes a large thing. It lays down the foundation of a strong economic base. With women participating in building this economic base, it becomes the foundation for better social and economic future.


I should never seek a job in my life, my mission in life is to create jobs.

I am not a job seeker, I am a job giver.


I think, social business is the most logical thing to do.

If we had done that, we could reduce all the problems we have.


My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people.

Mindsets play strange tricks on us. We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see.


Human beings have enormous resilience.


The fact that the poor are alive is clear proof of their ability.


Here we were talking about economic development, about investing billions of dollars in various programs, and I could see it wasn't billions of dollars people needed right away.


I was an economist now turning into a human being - as if these are two different things. I don't know but I did that and then I had no vision.


I avoid grandiose plans. I start with a small piece that I can do. I go to the root of the problem and then work around it. It's building brick by brick.


Policies are also to blame: the only thing that the governments and people can come up with to give to the poor people is charity. Poor people get hand outs from the state. But this is not a solution to poverty.


Grameen Bank was formed as an institution owned by its borrower members, who are poor women. Through its unique decision-making process, Grameen Bank has given millions of women the means to emerge from the shadows in a male-dominated society and to make something of themselves.


My vision for the future? ... a world completely free from poverty.


Making money is no fun. Contributing to and changing the world is a lot more fun.


Poverty does not belong in civilized human society.

Its proper place is in a museum. That's where it will be.


Today, if you look at financial systems around the globe, more than half the population of the world - out of six billion people, more than three billion - do not qualify to take out a loan from a bank. This is a shame.


What is entrepreneurship, after all? Bigness is not the issue.

Poor people are the ones who take challenges every day. The guy who sells a hot dog on the street is as much an entrepreneur as anyone else. Getting his $50 loan to start could be as difficult as finding $50 million for someone else. All people are entrepreneurs.


I did something that challenged the banking world.

Conventional banks look for the rich; we look for the absolutely poor. All people are entrepreneurs, but many don't have the opportunity to find that out.


We have done some of these in Bangladesh.

Whenever I see a problem, I immediately go and create a company. That's what I did all my life.


We believe that poverty does not belong in a civilized human society.

It belongs in museums [...] A poverty-free world might not be perfect, but it would be the best approximation of the ideal.


But we have created a society that does not allow opportunities for those people to take care of themselves because we have denied them those opportunities.


Unprecedented technological capabilities combined with unlimited human creativity have given us tremendous power to take on intractable problems like poverty, unemployment, disease, and environmental degradation. Our challenge is to translate this extraordinary potential into meaningful change.


People can change their own lives, provided they have the right kind of institutional support. They're not asking for charity, charity is no solution to poverty. Poverty is the creation of opportunities like everybody else has, not the poor people, so bring them to the poor people, so that they can change their lives.


A university should not be an island where academics attain higher and higher levels of knowledge without sharing any of this knowledge with its neighbours.


My experience working in the Grameen Bank has given me faith;

an unshakable faith in the creativity of human beings. It leads me to believe that humans are not born to suffer the misery of hunger and poverty. They suffer now as they did in the past because we turn our heads away from this issue.


They said, we have education, but what about jobs? So I started telling them, you should be taking a pledge, and the pledge should be: 'I'm not a job seeker; I'm a job giver.' Prepare yourself to be a job giver.


Civilization has given us enormous successes: going to the moon, technology.

But then this is the civilisation that took us to debt, environmental crisis, every single crisis. We need a civilization where we say goodbye to these things.


Some people think that poor people are lazy.

Actually, it takes a lot of work to survive when you are dirt-poor.


Engaging in social business is beneficial to a company because it leverages on business competencies to address social issues, involves one-time investment with sustainable results, and produces other positive effects such as employee motivation and improved organizational culture.


So i say, change the base! If you change the base, anybody will be as tall as anybody else! My belief is poverty is not caused by poor ppl. Poverty is caused by the system. Poverty is caused by the policies that we pursue.


The essence of capitalism is expressed in two of its basic features: a) profit maximization and b) market competition. In their abstract formulations none of them was supposed to have anything conspiratorial against the poor. But in real life they turn out to be the "killers" of the poor - by making rich the richer and poor the poorer.