Who we are…
The South Asia Micro-Entrepreneurs Network (SAMN) is a regional network aiming at enhancing capacity, financing and regional dialogue in the microfinance sector of South Asia. SAMN governance is composed of leading Apex Institutions from the countries of the region along with the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED). SAMN also partners with MFIs, Investors, Banks and other key microfinance stakeholders to fulfil its objectives.
SAMN was established in 2008 with a vision to improve financial inclusion among low-income population in the region. The early foundation of SAMN was laid by ACTED, a French INGO along with ACCESS Development Services and other regional and global microfinance stakeholders.
SAMN membership now consists of the leading national microfinance apex institutions across six countries in the region, who along with ACTED lead, manage and govern SAMN activities with ownership towards the shared objectives. Thus, SAMN is the representative voice of the South Asian Micro-Entrepreneur’s community reaching more than 60 million low-income customers in the region.
The current SAMN members, each represented with a seat on the SAMN Board of Directors, are:
• In Afghanistan: Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA)
• In Bangladesh: Credit Development Forum (CDF)
• In India: Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)
• In Nepal: Centre for Microfinance (CMF)
• In Pakistan: Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN)
• In Sri Lanka: Lanka Microfinance Practitioner’s Association (LMFPA)
• Host member: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)
In addition to the above membership, SAMN included one more member from India: Sa-Dhan
To achieve its vision of enhancing financial inclusion; SAMN has following overall and specific objectives.
a. To enhance the quality and outreach of microfinance in South Asia by building strong, sustainable and scalable institutions through technical assistance and financing facilitation inputs to growth oriented MFIs
Through SAMN partnership, each institution:
• Improves and enacts key systems and policies
• Meets financial and efficiency performance standards as per international benchmarks
• Provides client-focused products and services
• Reports accurately and transparently on its financial and social performance
• Has access to a sufficient and diverse set of financing on a sustainable basis.
b. To promote best practices and exchange through the creation of a regional space for microfinance in South Asia.
SAMN aims to become:
• A regional information hub for best practices, sector data, benchmark, regulation, investment deals, contact information among others.
• A viable and sought after platform to facilitate exchange.
Ms. Ratna Vishwanathan
Mr. Jalan Kumar Sharma
Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development – ACTED
Phone: (+33) 1 42 65 33 33