Micro-finance sector recovering from DeMo shock

The micro finance industryKOLKATA: The micro-finance industry (MFI) is slowly recovering from the effect of demonetization which had resulted in substantial write-offs by some of the major players in this sector.

Bandhan Bank, one of the leading players in this sector which transformed into a universal bank from an MFI, said that there had been problems in collection from the borrowers who had taken loans post demonetization.

“There had been some problems in collection of repayments after demonetization was announced. The problem is gradually tapering off but we did not have make any substantial write-offs”, Bandhan Bank managing director Chandra Sekhar Ghosh told reporters at the MFI summit here today.

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (SFB), another MFI, was among the worst to be hit by demonetization.

MD of Ujjivan SFB, Samit Ghosh said that demonetization had adversely affected the micro-finance sector.

“We had to write-off Rs 300 crore for this and suffered losses in the first two quarters of the current financial year”, he said.

Ghosh said “we are in the last leg of the demonetization effect and things will be better by the end of this fiscal”, he added.

City-based MFI Village Financial Services (VFS) had also suffered the same consequences of demonetization.

“Though we did not have to make any write-offs, recoveries are happening slowly”, VFS managing director Kuldip Maity said.-PTI

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