The Maitree Federation serves 42 clusters (like the villages featured on our platform) and helps to provide access to affordable loans to over 4,500 individuals. Each of these people are members of their local savings and credit organizations which distribute loans (including Village Invest loans) to their members.
The federation works to be as inclusive, transparent and accountable to its members. These efforts are obvious when you look at their leadership team.
The federation's board is made up of women who have risen through the ranks, starting in their local organizations before eventually being elected to the board to serve three year terms. Alongside the board members there are four office bearers; President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary who are elected every two years. Like the majority of the women the federation serves, the current President, Narbada, had never even spoken to her neighbors before she got involved! She explains how the federation is transforming life for women and their families....
Watch the video to hear how Village Invest is changing lives one loan at a time