Sadly, we discovered of the passing of Vijayalaskhmi Das earlier this week.
Viji was an completed microfinance operator in India, a extremely revered advocate throughout Asia and internationally, and an ardent supporter of the Banking with the Poor community for over 20 years. Viji’s insights and recommendation had been wanted and tremendously valued at main inclusive finance business boards throughout the area together with the Asian Microfinance Discussion board, Asia Pacific Monetary Inclusion Summit, and as not too long ago as September final yr, the Asia-Pacific Monetary Inclusion Discussion board, an initiative of APEC’s 21 Finance Ministers.
Viji reminded us that monetary inclusion is a way to an finish, being revenue and employment era together with asset creation for the poor. She famous that the poor, like all of us, have aspirations and because of this additionally require mortgage and financial savings merchandise to put money into schooling and healthcare. With the emergence of fintech and dynamic new digital monetary companies suppliers, Viji urged the business to not neglect that small microfinance establishments stay near the excluded inhabitants and are a seamless supply of progressive and acceptable want‐primarily based concepts.
Viji offered an ethical compass for the microfinance business and we’re grateful for her imaginative and prescient, dedication and achievements. Her endeavour will proceed to encourage.