Friday, September 25, 2015

Small Finance Bank – Update on ESAF Microfinance and Investments Private Ltd., Chennai


          Date: 24/09/2015

          Name: ESAF Small Finance Bank

Probable Date of opening: August 2016

Deposits: Accept all kinds of deposits, including NRIs

Loans: Focus on micro and small credit needs of poor women in unbanked areas.

Network:  450 branches, 600 service centres

Human Resources: At present, two-thirds of the firm’s 3,000 staff are women.

          Loan Approach: Cluster approach to lending – to groups of four or five women. Four or five such ‘affinity groups’ were linked together.
Disburse loans in the range of 15,000-50,000 to women engaged mainly in agriculture and fisheries.


          The present customer base of eight lacs and assets of 1,200 crore, will be tapped to scale up the new bank business to 10,000 crore in five years.