ESAF team in Chhattisgarh received a certificate of appreciation from District TB officer recognizing Organization’s support towards Govt. of India’s efforts in Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP). Chandrabhan Mannade, Branch Manager, Mahasamund received the certificate on behalf of ESAF. Last year, ESAF organized 52 TB sensitization meetings and 26 mid-media activities, apart from organizing awareness programs at District Hospital Auditorium and Mahasamund Jail. On March 24, 2013 ESAF in association with Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA), New Delhi observed World TB Day at Mahasamund, Chhattisgarh. The objective of the function was to build public awareness on tuberculosis. In developing countries TB is still a lethal disease that claims the lives of 1.7 mn people every year.
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With the help of EDA rural systems, ESAF Microfinance conducted beta testing of Universal Standards of Social Performance. The testing was conducted in two phases where in the first phase interviews were conducted with the senior and core management team and also with the branch staff and clients to know about their perception on the essential practices under social performance. Accordingly the gaps were identified and in the second phase the EDA team conducted two days workshop with the senior management team to chalk out action plan for streamlining SPM within ESAF Microfinance. Frances Sinha, Co-founder and Managing Director, EDA rural systems, shared the action plan with the Management Committee.
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ESAF branches in Bhilai, Durg and Ranandgaon observed World Water Day on March 22, 2013 in association with water.org and Pepsico. The event was organized to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme for world water day 2013 was ‘water co-operation’. ESAF Nirmal Jeevan Dhara(NJD) Project team conducted various awareness programmes on water conservation and safe water usage. Sangam members, stakeholders, public representatives and community leaders participated in the program. Amit Das, Programme officer, NJD, Anik V George, Area Manger, Raipur, Ganesh Kursange, Area Manager, Durg and Ishwar Parida also spoke on the occasion.
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The client profile of ESAF when analyzed gave some astonishing revelations on the important role played by microfinance in the lives of the poor. The study shows that 24.22% clients have stayed with ESAF for more than 5 years and 97% have a say in the financial decisions of their households. When 56% have employed others under them 81% have regular attendance in sangam meetings. The survey was conducted across different regions covering Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Central India and North India.
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ESAF Microfinance distributed prizes to the winners of the sales contest for promoting SBI Life Insurance. Rani Stephen, Pozhiyoor branch, won the individual performer award. Don Bosco, Vizhinjm area won the best Area Manager award. Parasala branch was chosen as the top performing branch in the contest. 72 employees won consolation prizes. Gold coins for the best individual performer and best AM were sponsored by SBI Life Insurance Company.
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K. Paul Thomas, Managing Director, ESAF Microfinance, was invited to participate in the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Kerala Meeting held at IMA House, Kaloor, Kochi on February 27, 2013. TiE is a global not-for-profit organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship. K. Paul Thomas delivered a lecture on ‘Creating Opportunities through Microfinance’ which was well received by the participants.
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ESAF Microfinance participated in the regional convention on Microfinance, titled ‘Changing Millions' Lives’ organized by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Kerala Association of Microfinance Institutions (KAMFI) and Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), held at Hotel Windsor Rajadhani, Trivandrum, on February 14, 2013. K. Paul Thomas, Chairman- KAMFI and Founder and Managing Director, ESAF Microfinance welcomed the gathering. During his welcome note K. Paul Thomas said that the direct impact of microfinance activities was crucial in uplifting the poor who continue to be financially excluded and hence were not able to break out of the circle of poverty. He also highlighted the role played by ESAF in promoting National Pension Scheme of the Central Government and added that the MFIs were now thinking of entering the direct cash transfer scheme of the Central Government. Jagatham and Rajeena Beevi, sangam members of ESAF Microfinance, shared their experience on how ESAF Microfinance could make a remarkable difference in their lives.
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Sarah Joseph, eminent novelist and short story writer visited ESAF stall set up at Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Campus, Thrissur, as part of the 8th VIBGYOR International Film Festival held from Feb 07-12, 2013. The exhibition showcased an array of bamboo products from Jharkhand. The sheer quality of the products left her spellbound and she commended ESAF for its skill development initiatives among the lesser privileged, in the rural regions of Jharkhand.
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ESAF Swasraya Producers Company Ltd. (ESPCL), now has some powerful men in their clientele in the form of State MLAs. ESAF sangam members can also feel proud of the fact that eco-friendly laptop bags produced by them are used by customers who really matter to them. All members were given laptop bags, with 5 bags each to the ministers. The project was sponsored by National Coir Research & Management Institute, Thiruvananthapuram under the guidance of Adoor Prakash, Hon’ble Minister for Revenue & Coir.
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K. Paul Thomas, Founder and Managing Director, ESAF, received the Karma Ratna Award instituted by Mythri Event Cultural Association (based in Thiruvananthapuram), for his contributions in the field of livelihood promotion and social change. On Feb 25, 2013, Anoop Jacob, Honorable Minister for Civil Supplies, presented the award in a function held at the State capital. During his inaugural address, Anoop Jacob congratulated the award winners and explained the role social entrepreneurs could play for the holistic development of the society. K. Paul Thomas later opined that the award belonged to his dedicated employees who strove along with him for the betterment of the society.
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As part of the 21st anniversary celebrations, ESAF organized a blood donation camp at ESAF Medical Centre Mannuthy, on March 11, 2013, in association with Blood Bank Thrissur Medical College. The camp was inaugurated by M.P. Vincent, MLA, Ollur Constituency. Prof. Elizabeth John, President, ESAF Society presided over the thanks giving function held at the Corporate office on the previous day. George Thomas, Director Operations, ESAF Microfinance, welcomed the gathering. Rev. Dr. Idicheria Ninan, Vice President, ESAF rendered the keynote message. K. Paul Thomas, Founder and Executive Director ESAF cut the cake along with Mereena Paul and Jacob Samuel.
George K. John, GM, Central Zone gave a presentation on the activities of ESAF Society during the year 2012-2013, which was followed by a thanksgiving ceremony led by Jacob Samuel. Paul Thomas delivered the 21st Foundation day message and Christudas K.V, Director, ESAF proposed a vote of thanks. The meeting was concluded with prayer and benediction led by Rev. Saji George, Vicar, St. Thomas Evangelical Church, Mannuthy.
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In a first of its kind initiative in the State, ESAF in association with HealthBridge Canada, has published a study report on ‘Pedestrian friendly Thrissur city’ as part of Livable Cities program. I.P. Paul, Hon’ble Mayor, Thrissur city released the report, which threw light on the challenges faced by the pedestrians and current conveniences available to them. During his presidential address K. Paul Thomas, Managing Director, ESAF Microfinance opined that in the city development programs, lack of vision in protecting pedestrian rights was clearly evident. He added that in the areas considered for study in Thrissur city, pathways were not included for 63% roads. K. Paul Thomas also spoke at length on similar initiatives of ESAF in Nagpur for inclusive park and Bangalore for Car Free Commercial Street. In his inaugural address I.P. Paul applauded the efforts of ESAF for taking up the cause of the common man. He added that Corporation was planning to organize a workshop on town planning, in order to garner opinions from the public.
According to a survey mentioned in the report, 45% respondents considered autos as the most dangerous vehicles in Thrissur city followed by cars, bikes, buses and trucks. About 73% drivers don’t abide by the laws while parking and only 12% footpath vendors are doing businesses without disturbing pedestrian rights. The study recommended building wide footpaths, demolishing footpath encroachments, making footpaths user-friendly for physically disabled and preventing entry of private vehicles to market places and other main roads and thereby encouraging the use of public transport systems. In the open forum that followed, the audience raised concerns on wastage being dumped on to footpaths and use of mobile phones while driving and gave suggestions for modifying sub ways / zebra crossing.
K.S. Santosh, Standing Committee Chairman for Town Planning, Dr. Usman, Standing Committee Chairman for Education and Sports , Prof. Annam John, Counselor , Nirmala, District Panchayath Vice-president, Thrissur, R. Unnikrishnan, Traffic Sub-Inspector, Thrissur, Debra Efroymson, Regional Director, HealthBridge, Canada, Jacob Samuel, Director Projects, ESAF, Sreedharan Nair, Head, Livable Cities Project, ESAF and Shino Davis, Project Officer, ESAF also spoke on the occasion.
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ESAF Livable Cities Project team organized a walkathon on February 25, 2013 to draw the attention of the Corporation authorities to the issues faced by pedestrians. George Thomas, Director Operations, ESAF Microfinance flagged off the rally. In his inaugural address George Thomas said that the rally was held to keep the authorities aware of the pedestrian rights, which were more often met with utter disregard. Nearly 200 people from various schools, colleges and organizations participated in the rally.
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ESAF celebrated 64th Republic Day on Jan 26, 2013 at the Head Office premises. K. Paul Thomas, Managing Director, ESAF Microfinance hoisted the National Flag and delivered the Republic day message. Flag hoisting was followed by fireworks. In his message, Paul Thomas dwelt on the possibilities and challenges that the nation was confronted with. He underscored the role that organizations like ESAF have to play in the economic and social development of the country. He added that ESAF is dedicated to upholding the values of unity that drive the nation.
ESAF participates in the Republic Day rally
ESAF participated in the Republic Day procession organized by the youth wing of Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi, Mannuthy. ESAF staff presented a tableau based on the theme 'Unity in Diversity'. Various educational institutions in Mannuthy also participated In the March Past. The trophies for the winners were sponsored by ESAF Microfinance.
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