ESAF Microfinance partnered with Center for Financial Inclusion, ACCION, to observe Financial Inclusion Week from October 17th to October 21st 2016. The Financial Inclusion Week was observed with the purpose of spreading the essence of financial inclusion, which allows accessing a full suite of quality financial services, at affordable prices, in a convenient manner, with respect and dignity. A seminar was organised on financial inclusion on the topic Financial Inclusion: How far have we reached? A Kerala perspective at Hotel Ashoka Inn, Thrissur. Major stakeholders related to financial inclusion were invited for the panel discussion, which was attended by 150 participants from universities, banks, MFIs and ESAF clients. The client testimonials gave a brief account of the transformation they have undergone after the microfinance support.
K. Paul Thomas, Founder & Chairman, ESAF Group inaugurated the program and spoke on the need to reach out to the last mile customer, who can effectively use the financial products and services. Deepa Pillai, District Development Officer, NABARD, Joshi Paul Veliyath, Managing Director, KSFE, N. Jayakumaran Nair, General Manager, TDCB Bank, Dr. Binoy Peter, Executive Director, Migration Inclusive Development, R.R. Kanakambaran District Head, Lead Bank, Suresh Gurumani, Project Head, ESAF, Jacob Samuel, Director, Programmes, Sandhya Suresh, Senior Manager, ESAF and Jayarajan V.K., PRO, ESAF Co-operative spoke on this occasion. An interface was coordinated by the SPM department between the staff from different departments in the Head Office and ESAF Microfinance clients. The intention was to let the staff understand the need and concerns of the clients to serve them better.