COM­MU­NITY JAMEEL

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Founder: Jameel Fam­ily

Coun­try: Saudi Ara­bia Fo­cus ar­eas:

Job Creation, Arts and Cul­ture, Global De­vel­op­ment, Ed­u­ca­tion and Health­care Founded in: 2003

Com­mu­nity Jameel was es­tab­lished to con­tinue the Jameel fam­ily's tra­di­tion of sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity. Through the Bab Rizq Jameel ini­tia­tive it has helped to cre­ate over 300,000 jobs, by dis­tribut­ing over $533 mil­lion in mi­cro­fi­nance loans. In 2018, it opened the Jameel Art Center, ded­i­cated to ex­hibit­ing con­tem­po­rary art—11,000 vis­i­tors vis­ited the gallery in the first week. It also founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Ac­tion Lab (J-PAL) in 2003—a global re­search center that works to re­duce poverty. The Abdul Latif Jameel-Toy­ota En­dowed Schol­ar­ship at MIT pro­vides fi­nan­cial sup­port for un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents from more than 25 coun­tries in Asia and MENA.

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