ASA International India Microfinance Ltd.
Empowering through Innovative Microfinance
ASAI India is committed to the responsibilities towards the society. ASA India, independently and also jointly with partnering institution intervenes to bring qualitative improvement for the underprivileged. These interventions are not limited to its clients but the whole community benefits. ASA India helped the women form women’s committees through democratic processes. All interventions were organized by this committee with ASA India providing support where ever required.
ASA India strategized operating this scheme in the spirit of co-operation, the scheme being run by the beneficiaries. Hand-hold support where ever needed was provided by ASA India. The scheme was titled “Swayam” a Sanskrit word meaning “by ourselves”.
ASAI India plays a responsible role in educating the youth of society. A coaching class namely ‘Centre for Excellence’ was established on 5th Sep’15. Presently the centers are named as ASA Patashala and ASA India is aimed to provide education to not only the children of their client but whoever needs the same from the adjacent area. As on 2018, there are 37 functional ASA Pathsala. As of now, on a regular basis, more than 2000 students are getting benefits from the ASA Pathsala. Starting August 2017 each Centre for Excellence is equipped with a library containing additional books to provide support to the students studying in the centers.
In 2018, 50 health check-up camps and 20 Eye check-up camps were organized by ASA India in different ASA regions and more than 7000 people got benefitted from the Camps. Both ASA borrowers and their spouses attended the camps.
In 2018, 42 Wheelchairs were distributed to the specially abled family members of the ASA Borrowers.
600 widowed women (including ASA Borrowers) were provided with skill development training by ASA under a collaborative programme with Lions Club; where Lions International provided Sewing machines to the women after successful completion of the training by ASA.
Apart from the organizational support to the borrowers in form of not recovering the loan due during flood, in the month of August-Sept, 17 in Kishanganj, materials such as food items (rice, lentil, puffed rice, Jaggery) etc and other required items were purchased and handed over to the borrowers from Kishanganj in Bihar and in Malda, West Bengal.
In 2018, Flood relief support was provided to the state of Kerala.
Students of ASA Pathsala who have attended more than 70% of classes were provided with Solar Lamps. This was to help them to study even if they have electricity problem at home.
ASA India has distributed 300 trees to the Gangadharpur Gram Panchayat to support the noble cause of maintaining the greenery and better environment. The Organization is planning to do a similar thing in other Active areas as well.
Since the community at Gangadharpur is involved in embroidery as a livelihood, working in conditions of minimum light, eye problem is a major issue in the area. An Eye Camp was organized by the committee with the support of ASA India, Lions International provided the equipment and services of a doctor. Approximately 900 poor villagers were checked in three eye-camps on a single day. Around 350 were identified with power requirements. Cataract cases identified were 70 individuals. Lions International provided free spectacles to 350 individuals, the committee members organized the distribution with support from ASA India. The 70 cataract cases identified were offered free operations facilities, only 20 initially availed this facility. Others, seeing the success are now agreeable to undergo this procedure.
A Diabetes detection camp was organized at Gangadharpur in association with Lions International. Around 800 attended this camp for the diabetic check-up.
Health Check-up camp for women was organized in association with Lions International. Around 400 women attended. Women here due to poverty do not use disposable sanitary napkins and are prone to infections and other gynecological problem as a result. Free sanitary napkins were distributed to all women during this camp.
DISTRIBUTION OF FREE BOOKS AND STATIONARY TO POOR STUDENTS:
ASA India organized the distribution of free books, stationery and drawing materials to children from poor families. Lions International has provided the materials for the purpose. Around 950 children benefitted from the schemes.
The area is faced with erratic electric power supply. ASAI India identified girl children from poor families and with moderate to good academic records from class 6 to 10. Solar powered lamps (Delight) were gifted to 20 such students.
Open defecation is a major problem as the hoses of poor do not have toilets. This is a major health and hygiene problem. ASAI India together with Lions International has identified Nine such houses as its initial plans to build proper toilets. The cost has been being divided between the beneficiary (25%) and Lions International (75%). More such families will be covered under the scheme in the future.
ASAI India plays a responsible role in building future Leaders through its knowledge sharing and training programs. Summer training programs organized for MBA students from reputed Business Schools. Besides classroom training, field exposure to students.