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”.
Activities: Initially the scheme was a pilot run at Panchla, Gangadharpur, a village in the Howrah District. However, in 2017 the organization their CSR activities and now are having 22 ASA Pathsala in the different region all through the country where ASA works. In addition, health camps organized in almost 35 different areas.
CSR Activities: 2017
CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE:
ASAI India plays a responsible role in educating the youth of the 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. At present, there are 16 functional ASA Pathsala. As of now on, regular basis 700-800 students are getting benefits from the Centre for Excellence.
Starting August 2016 each Centre for Excellence is equipped with a library containing additional books to provide support to the students studying in the centers.
GREEN INITIATIVE (SAPLING DISTRIBUTION):
ASA India has recently 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 the similar thing in other Active areas as well.
SUPPORT DURING FLOOD:
Apart from the organizational support to the borrowers in form of not recovering the loan due during flood, in the month of August-Sept 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.
Women’s Health Check-up in All ASA District and Regional Offices:
Camps are being organized at District and regional offices of ASAI India for the Women. The camps covered 5000 women with general health check-up, BP and Blood Sugar test.
Past CSR Activities
Cataract cases identified were 70 individuals
Diabetes Detection camp
Women’s Health Check-up
Distribution of free books and stationery to poor children:
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.
Plans to cover more such children to encourage continued education to girl child and improvement in their academic results.
Sanitation and Hygiene:
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 future.
The programs will be run by the community for the benefit of the community with ASA providing the linkages and handhold support
Building Future Leaders for the Social Sector: