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 twenty years. Viji’s insights and recommendation had been wanted and drastically valued at main inclusive finance business boards throughout the area together with the Asian Microfinance Discussion board, Asia Pacific Monetary Inclusion Summit, and as lately as September final 12 months, 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 earnings and employment technology 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 training and healthcare. With the emergence of fintech and dynamic new digital monetary providers suppliers, Viji urged the business to not overlook that small microfinance establishments stay near the excluded inhabitants and are a seamless supply of modern and applicable want‐primarily based concepts.
Viji supplied 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.