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Muhammad Yunus
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He's traveled to Norway to accept the Nobel Peace Prize and to Washington, D.C., to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Medal of Honor, but in late September, Durham was the destination for Muhammad Yunus. Widely considered the pioneer of the microfinance industry, which gives small-scale loans to low-income entrepreneurs, Yunus was the keynote speaker for the New Hampshire Social Business and Microfinance Forum, and he presented the awards for the university's Social Business Innovation Challenge. Yunus' own awards stem from his work to foster social businesses, which develop creative solutions to difficult problems such as poverty and climate change.

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