The South Asian Microfinance Network (SAMN) is a regional microfinance industry association working to enhance financial inclusion among low-income population in south Asia. SAMN achieves this by improving knowledge, business environment and capital flows for the microfinance industry. SAMN, through its members, who national networks from the countries of the region, is the representative and collective voice of the industry reaching more than 50 million low-income customers in the region.
SAMN was established in late 2008 with a vision to improve quality and scale of financial services among low-income population in the countries of south Asia. The early foundation of SAMN was laid by ACTED, a French INGO along with a number of regional and global microfinance stakeholders.
Today, SAMN membership consists of the leading national networks in six countries of the region representing over thousand microfinance providers and other industry players. The current SAMN members, each represented by Executive Head on the Board of Directors, are:
- In Afghanistan: Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA)
- In Bangladesh: Credit and Development Forum (CDF)
- In India: Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)
- In Nepal: Centre for Microfinance (CMF)
- In Pakistan: Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN)
- In Sri Lanka: Lanka Microfinance Practitioner’s Association (LMFPA)
- Host member: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)