2012 Integral Fellows Nominee: Shanti Microfinance

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2012 Integral Fellows Nominee: Shanti Microfinance

Sheetal Mehta-Walsh

Sheetal started with the premise that a small microfinance loan (many just $160) could mean financial independence in communities where the poor have no assets to qualify for traditional loans or would not have access to a conventional banking system. With a grass roots effort in Gujarat, India, the organization has provided funding to: rickshaw wallahs for down-payments on their vehicles; artisans in rural and urban communities who design and develop their textiles for sale; and women farmers for eco-sanitation facilities and healthier working conditions. Sheetal’s working model has a 98% payback rate for its loans and she credits their mentoring and training programs which are designed to create independent entrepreneurs.

About Shanti Microfinance

Shanti provides an ability for a wide range of stakeholders to participate in grass roots development and philanthropy opportunities without the need to build their own corporate social responsibility strategies.

Shanti currently has a focused approach in Gujarat working with entrepreneurs who have a keen interest in leveraging microfinance and technology in order to build their businesses and sustain their communities.

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The Integral Fellows program recognizes outstanding, meaningful alumni contributions to the daily lives of others on a local, national, or global level. We are excited to support our 2012 Integral Fellow Nominees through this 48-Hour Matching Campaign. The matching fund is made possible by generous donations from alumni and other supporters of the Microsoft Alumni Foundation (MSAF). Only gifts from members will be matched, so click here to join.

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