ESAF Group expands its presence in North East India
K. Paul Thomas founder of ESAF inaugurating regional office at Guwahati in Assam as a part of strengthening its presence across North East India region. Rev. Dr. A. K. Lama, South Asia Director of Words of Hope and former General Secretary, CBCNEI (Council of Baptist Churches of North East India) Mereena Paul, Co-founder of ESAF and Chairman, ESAF Co-operative, Emy Acha Paul, Director of ESAF Retail Pvt. Ltd., Alok Thomas Paul, Director of ESAF Retail Pvt. Ltd. were also present.
ESAF Groupis strengthening its presence across North East India region by setting up its regional office at Guwahati in Assam. The regional office was inaugurated by K.Paul Thomas, founder of ESAF. “Venturing into North East India is a majormilestone in the history of ESAF. Our focus is to empower the poorand the marginalized especially women, children and youth by providing themaccess to education, finance, health services, natural resources, marketing andtechnological support and to explore the fullest human potential by creatingopportunities for sustainable development and holistic transformation. Oncethey are economically empowered, all the other things will follow, said K PaulThomas, while inaugurating the regional office at Guwahati.
ESAF will bestarting with development programs in Assam and Manipur and plans to workthrough partnering with different NGOs and government bodies in the region.ESAF SFB started operations in March 2017 is also planning to expand itsnetwork of retail banking outlets in Assam and Manipur in this financialyear. Within three years, the group will further expand their bankingoperations in unbanked areas of north eastern states like Meghalaya, Nagaland,Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. As an initiative in NorthEastern region, the group has already started a community school at Majoli,Assam in 2016 and engages in social activities over there, K Paul Thomas added.
MereenaPaul, Co-founder of ESAF and Chairman, ESAF Co-operative presided. Rev. Dr. A.K. Lama, South Asia Director of Words of Hope and former General Secretary,CBCNEI (Council of Baptist Churches of North East India) delivered the key noteaddress. Dr. Lama commended on ESAF’s commitment to work in the North EastIndia and said that he hopes that ESAF will be able to make a difference in theregion. Javed Parvesh, Chief Reporter, Malayala Manorama, Emy Acha Paul,Director, ESAF Retail Pvt. Ltd., Alok Thomas Paul, Director, ESAF Retail Pvt.Ltd., Samu Thomas John, Director, Prachodhan Development Services Pvt. Ltd. andAjith Sen, Associate Director, ESAF also spoke.
At presentESAF presence in 11 states, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puthuchery, Delhi,Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.Child development and educational projects like community transformation hubsfocusing on children, ‘Let Them Smile’ project which offers support to thetribal children in Jharkhand, environment protection programmes, integratedlivelihood interventions and sustainable health programmes are some of themajor projects run by ESAF in different states of India. Small FarmersAgricultural Consortium (SFAC) has empanelled ESAF as a Resource Institute tomobilize Farmers and to register them as Producer companies in 6 states ofIndia namely Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand andChhattisgarh. NABARD has approved ESAF as a “Producer Organization PromotingInstitution (POPI)”.