WELCOME to the website of ASA, one of the leading Microfinance Institutions of Bangladesh and the best managed MFI of the world. The story of ASA had its origin in Tepra, a typical village of rural Bangladesh in 1978. ASA began its initiative to assist the underprivileged segment of the society in attaining better livelihood and acquiring means to escape poverty trap. Since its inception, ASA has been pursuing its utmost efforts for the cause of the downtrodden and uncared people.
Microfinance is the core program of ASA with seven million clients across Bangladesh currently. Besides, it has been implementing a number of Non-financial programs featuring Education, Healthcare, Sanitation, Hygiene and Agriculture support services. ASA is an absolutely self-financed organization and doesn’t take grants or donations of any kind from home and abroad. The organization bears the non-financial programs cost out of its own resource generated from the surplus of microfinance operation.
MICROFINANCE Program of ASA is considered the most efficient model in micro lending of the globe for its specialty in scaling up with sustainability and steady growth. Currently, seven million people of the Bangladesh are deriving benefit from the Microfinance program of ASA. Besides, the organization has been extending technical assistance and consultancies for implementing microfinance operation to a number of NGOs/MFIs around the world.
REMITTANCE Program was introduced in 2008 by ASA to reach foreign remittance service to the kith and kin of Bangladeshi migrants in a quicker and safer manner. Under the program foreign remittance equivalent several billion taka are being channeled to the clients each year currently.
EDUCATION Program of ASA is dedicated to prevent dropout from the primary schools and offer learning assistance to the underprivileged students in coping studies. Mainly, kids of preschool, grade-1 and grade-2 are being provided tuition by the program thus helping them meaningfully in performing better in daily classes and in exams of school. About 3,00,000 children are benefiting by this program currently.
HEALTH Program of ASA is rendering health services to the poor and underprivileged. Under the program, 50 Primary Health Centers have been establish in the comparatively backward areas of the country. A quite number personnel including physicians, nurses are assigned to render healthcare services to the people at doorstep. About six million people are benefiting by the program with primary healthcare, awareness, physiotherapy etc. services each year.
SANITATION Program of ASA is aiming at to improve sanitation facilities of the poor households through providing soft loan and imparting training to the masons, sanitary entrepreneurs and vendors equipped them for developing low-cost and easy to build hygienic sanitary toilets. Thousands of households are being able to build safe sanitary toilets with the assistance of the program of ASA every year.
AGRICULTURE SUPPORT Program of ASA initiates a quite number of necessary services for increasing agriculture production and overall agricultural development of the country. Vermicompost project, Dairy farm, Fish farming, Mushroom cultivation, Power-tiller loan, Consultancy for the orange cultivators etc. programs and activities are going on under the initiative. Farmers and agriculture entrepreneurs are also being provided inputs including soft loan, training, and market linkage support in marketing of their outputs.