Non-banking Financial Company — Microfinance Institutions (NBFC- MFIs*)
Non-banking Financial Company — Microfinance Institutions (NBFC- MFIs)help provide financial services to low income households without taking any deposits in a responsible and transparent manner.The aim of NBFC-MFIs is to build sustainable livelihoods. They are the RBI recognized and regulated bodies which provide last mile financial services to the underserved and unbanked population of the country and promotes the Government’s financial Inclusion agenda.
MFIN** as the RBI recognized, Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) for the microfinance industry in Indiaare expected to be responsible in ensuring compliance with the NBFCs that are engaged in microfinance (NBFC-MFIs) with the regulations and code of conduct and in the best interest of the customers of the NBFC-MFIs.
NBFC-MFIsare governed by RBI guidelines. As per RBI, an NBFC (Non-banking Financial Company) - MFI (Microfinance Institutions) is defined as a non-deposit taking NBFC (other than a company licensed under Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act, 1956) with Minimum Net Owned Funds of Rs.5 crore (for NBFC-MFIs registered in the North Eastern Region of the country, it will be Rs. 2 crore) and having not less than 85% of its net assets as “qualifying assets”.
The loan extended by an NBFC-MFI to a borrower whose household annual income in rural areas does not exceed Rs.100,000 while for non-rural areas it does not exceed Rs.160,000.
MFIN** and its role in the industry:
Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) is the premier industry association and Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) for the microfinance industry in India with 55 leading NBFC MFIs with an outstanding in excess of INR 45000 Cr serving over 45 million end customers across 26 states in the country. The aggregate business of MFIN members constitutes over 90 per cent of the Indian microfinance industry (excluding SHGs). MFIN seeks to work closely with regulators and other key stakeholders to achieve larger financial inclusions goals through microfinance.
As per the RBI rule, SRO’s are expected to be responsible in ensuring compliance with the NBFCs that are engaged in microfinance (NBFC-MFIs) with the regulations and code of conduct and in the best interest of the customers of the NBFC-MFIs. In addition to the regulatory stipulations from the RBI, the Code of Conduct imposes a set of voluntary principles to ensure responsible and ethical business practices, which industry signs up to.
As a collective voice of the industry and in their primary role as an SRO of the industry, they have a unique privilege and responsibility to be a voice for those who otherwise may not be heard. Therefore, MFIN has launched the National Toll Free Helpline number — 18002700317 for microfinance institutions (MFIs) customers of their members. The clients’ can register their grievances that they have faced in dealing with their respective MFIs. The helpline will be operational from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm five days a week from Monday-Friday and is available in different vernacular languages.
|List of MFIN member NBFC — MFIs in Chhatisgarh|
|S.No.||NBFC - MFI|
|1||Annapurna Microfinance Pvt. Ltd|
|3||Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Limited|
|4||Equitas Micro Finance Private Limited|
|6||Grameen Koota Financial Services Pvt. Ltd.|
|10||Satin Creditcare Network Limited|
|11||SHARE Microfin Ltd.|
|13||Spandana Sphoorty Financial Limited|
|16||Varam Capital Private Limited|
- Issued by Microfinance Institutions Network