Sambandh Finserve receives $2.5 million capital infusion from BOPA

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Base of Pyramid Asia (BOPA) is a Singapore-based holding company that invest equity in smaller and early-stage Microfinance Institutions in Asia.

Sambandh Finserve Pvt Ltd (SFPL) which was recently awarded with the prestigious Microfinance Organization of the Year 2017 (Small & Medium) at the Inclusive Finance India Summit 2017, is pleased to announce the successful completion of its equity infusion of USD 2.5Mn from Base of Pyramid Asia (BOPA) Pte. Limited. This additional infusion of capital will help Sambandh in geographic expansion in existing and newer areas. Further, it will also provide the necessary resources to bring in new technologies in its operation. Sambandh is presently working in 20 districts of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand states. Sambandh also stands to benefit from the international technical expertise of BOPA and will utilise the sameto diversify its product portfolio and client engagement efforts in order to reinforce the presence in the region. Earlier in March 2018, SIDBI and Dia Vikas Capital Pvt Ltd, existing institutional investors of Sambandh had reposed their faith by participating in a round of Equityas well.

Speaking on this occasion, Deepak Kindo, MD & CEO of Sambandhsaid “Sambandh envisages to be a strong regional player and transform the lives of the underprivileged in this Chhotanagapur region. Coming together of Sambandh and BOPA will help us achieve our long-term goals of building a sustainable financial institution with best global practices in its operations, which will translate into holistic impact at the grassroots. On behalf of Sambandh, I would also take the opportunity to welcome BOPA to India.”

Christian Andersen, CEO of BOPA, speaking on this development, said “BOPA is very happy to become a partner of Sambandh, which is an impressive regional NBFC-MFI with a strong commitment to social impact. We feel that BOPA and Sambandh are very well aligned and look forward to work with Sambandh to support growing its scale and impact.”

Sambandh Finserve Private Limited is an Inclusive Livelihood Financial Institution, registered as an NBFC-MFI with RBI, headquartered in Orissa. As on March 2018, Sambandh has built a portfolio of INR 2355Mn, serving in excess of 1,40,000 clients across its network of 48 branches.

Base of Pyramid Asia (BOPA) is a Singapore-based holding company that invest equity in smaller and early-stage Microfinance Institutions in Asia. BOPA has so far completed investments in Vietnam, Cambodia, TimorLeste, Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and very recently in India.