RMDC in collaboration with the Integrated Development Foundation (IDF), Bangladesh organized a study/exposure visit to Bangladesh from October 04-13, 2015. The purpose of the visit was to get familiarized with the microfinance practices in Bangladesh. The team expose to different models of Microfinance operations. They visited in prominent microfinance institutions of Bangladesh like IDF, Grameen Bank, ASA, BRAC.
The team observed centers, branches and regional/area office of Grameen Bank, IDF, ASA and BRAC. All these organizations have been providing microfinance as well as other social services to the poor families.
The exposure visit has given them opportunity to have a broad insight on how these organization are running their microfinance program as well as other credit plus programs. The lesson the team learnt is that for the sustainable development of clients, value added program like solar, education, health, sanitation etc. must be integrated in the program.
The participants in the study visit program were Mr. Gopal Poudyal, Vice President & Mr. Shovakhar Sharma, Manager of Small Farmer Agriculture Cooperative Ltd, Semlar; Mr. Parsuram Sapkota, President & Mr. Dinesh Kumar Ghimire, Manager of Small Farmer Agriculture Cooperative Ltd, Parroha; Mr. Khagendra Raj Neupane, Manager of Chandannath Multipurpose Cooperative Ltd.; Ms. Shanta Devi Gyawali, President & Ms. Netra Kumari Subedi Gyawali, Manager of Small Farmer Agriculture Cooperative Ltd, Khadwabangai; Mr.Lekhnath Aryal, Treasurer & Mr. Bhagawan Bhattrai, General Manager of Unnati Saving and Credit Cooperative Ltd., Pokhara. The team was coordinated by the Officer of RMDC, Mr.Sanjeev Acharya.
Overall the study visit has helped the participants acquire knowledge relating to the different strategies that could be incorporated in their own organizations so as to become competent and sustainable MFIs. They expressed their satisfaction on learning from the visit and showed their commitment to use the gained knowledge in their respective organizations.