"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.” — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa
Nano Finance is a system which provides the opportunity for the poorest of the poor women and their family members all over the world to have access to individual interest free small loans to support their emergency needs, livelihoods, school fees for their children and health care for their family. We can eradicate extreme poverty by empowering the women in a dignified way, and give them the opportunity to be leaders of their communities through the Nano Finance system. It is their returned money which is recirculated to give loans to them or to other women who are in extreme needs.
Mission, Vision, Values
- Mission Through interest-free Nano Finance, Our Biswas seeks to enable marginalized women living in remote villages and urban slums to tackle the many challenges of extreme poverty and to tap into their confidence and ability to empower themselves, their families and their community.
"The Nano Finance system has given me and the other women of my village strength and taught how to stand on our own feet by coming out of four walls."- Itishree Behera, the coordinator of Noliasahi, Jagatsinghpur district, Odisha, India
Vision Millions of women around the world who are born into extreme poverty will have the tools to be impactful agents of change, empowerment and leadership in their community.
"Since the women started earning and bringing money for the family, they have gained respect of their husbands and other family members." - Geeta Pradhan, the coordinator of Anugul district, Odisha, India
Values We believe in trust, respect, integrity and equality. (Biswas in Sanskrit means trust.)
The Nano Finance system thrives on trust. The women believe in the system and trust their coordinators.
A person came to return the loan that his deceased wife had taken although he was not responsible for her wife's loan. He said, "My wife took this loan with trust and I can't break her trust, I have come to pay back the loan."