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Nobel Laureate and microfinance pioneer will speak at UNH

DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire will welcome Muhammad Yunus, Nobel laureate and pioneer of the microfinance industry, to campus this fall as the keynote speaker for the statewide New Hampshire Social Business and Microfinance Forum and the Social Business Innovation Challenge for New Hampshire college students.

The event will be Monday, Sept. 30, and is hosted by UNH and organized by the Paul College of Business and Economics and the Carsey Institute, both at UNH.

"We are honored that Professor Muhammad Yunus will share his knowledge about the concept of social business and how this approach can contribute to the state of New Hampshire and beyond," UNH President Mark W. Huddleston said.

The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Yunus will give the keynote address at the New Hampshire Social Business and Microfinance Forum, and will present the awards at the Social Business Innovation Challenge.

Yunus is best known for his pioneering work as the founder of the Grameen Bank, as the "father of microcredit," and more broadly for the movement to create social businesses.

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