ET Startup Awards 2020: Samunnati reaps benefits for tackling big challenges

Anilkumar SG. Founder & CEO | Samunnati


Samunnati was the overwhelming selection of the jury into the social enterprise category for the sheer scale and complexity regarding the challenges that the nonbanking finance business (NBFC) is trying to tackle in agricultural finance through its distinctive market-linkage model.

The fintech loan provider, which operates within the niche intersection of agri technology and finance, has disbursed loans well well worth over Rs 4,200 crore, serving 4 million farmers that are small 112 districts in the nation since its inception in 2014.

“It is difficult not to ever acknowledge the scale of Samunnati versus the other people right right here. It is simply operating at an extremely different scale,” said a part regarding the jury. The panel acknowledged not only exactly exactly what this has achieved, but in addition the possible for development.

The business’s social goals in bridging the credit space through efficient usage of technology additionally aligns aided by the federal government’s economic addition mandate through various schemes of Digital Asia.

Founder and CEO Anil Kumar, a veteran banker with more than 27 several years of experience, stated the NBFC has followed an approach that is growth-oriented enable the farming community.

“If this recognition for Samunnati inspires a generation of young business owners to enter the company of farming finance, that might be the maximum acknowledgment for all of us,” he said, including that the marketplace for development and producing significant social effect is unlimited. The dimensions of Asia’s agricultural finance marketplace is about $250 billion. While about half the individuals derive their income that is primary from, over 80% are tiny and marginal farmers.

Unlike old-fashioned loan providers funding farm loans, Samunnati does not restrict itself to crop owners. It expands credit to all the stakeholders within the agricultural supply string through a style of market linkage.

Additionally, the business, which employees over 500, also provides substantial services that are advisory tiny farmers and vendors with a watch to educating them into becoming more self-reliant if you use technology. Many lenders that are traditional all financing once the lockdown began nevertheless the startup disbursed loans worth Rs 330 crore into the June quarter.

Samunnati clocked Rs 729 core in income in FY20, a figure that caught the jury’s attention combined with business’s ingenuity and scope. “It is re solving an intention at scale! We now have a winner that is clear” said a part of this panel.

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