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Friends of Women's World Banking, India

Last Updated on May 20, 2022

Operation in state

  • Pan India

Thematic Areas

  • Agriculture,food and nutrition
  • Community Development
  • Cross-sectoral/Others
  • CSR and Sustainability
  • Education and Employment
  • Energy, Environment and Climate Change
  • Livelihoods
  • Microfinance
  • Social Enterprise
  • Technology
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Women and Gender

Tax Compliance Eligibility

  • 80G (for 50% tax benefits)
  • 12 A (Tax exemption for NGO income)
  • FCRA (Eligible for international funding)
  • Organization Registration Certificate

Friends of Women's World Banking, India

Under Review

Established In 1981

Registration No. :CSR00000871

101, Sakar 1, Nr. Gandhigram Railway Station , Ashram Road , Ahmedabad , Gujarat , 380009

About the organization

FWWB was promoted in 1981, as an affiliate of Women’s World Banking, a global network created to focus on the need for women’s direct access to financial services and recognizing women’s role in building a nation’s economy. Our aim has been to promote direct participation of poor women in the economy through access to financial services. FWWB was created to extend and expand informal credit supports and networks within India to link them to a global movement. We have always strived to assist in the formation and strengthening of people’s organisations by bringing them into the mainstream of the economy and thereby participating in the process of nation building. Our strategy focuses on building the capacity of promising and committed people’s institutions to play a leading role in providing financial services to the poor.

FWWB combines its loans with technical assistance to ensure sustainable growth. From 1989 to 2010, we reached out to more than 300 Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) with technical assistance and nearly 200 with loan support. We have successfully implemented programs with support from SIDBI, FORD Foundation, Citi Foundation, HIVOS, CORDAID, USAID, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and others. We have also accessed loan support from over 10 banks and financial institutions.

Initially started as a capacity building institution, FWWB had decided to provide loan support to different type of institutions (SHGs, Federations, Cooperatives, NGOs and startup NBFCs) that are in the space of financial inclusion. Lukewarm response from the banking sector to support these institutions was the reason for building the revolving loan fund and taking the risk as a first lender. Support from bilateral, international as well as local institutions enabled us to scale up and support more than 300 institutions across the country in areas of livelihood promotion, water and sanitation, education and women empowerment.

FWWB was instrumental in organizing various policy forums focusing on financial services for the poor and played a very active role in policy advocacy. FWWB, being a member of various networks, has played a significant role in the evolution of the sector.

Cumulatively, we have reached out to more than 10 million women across India through our various interventions in agriculture finance, water and sanitation, solar energy programs, and financial education and women entrepreneurship.

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Special features of the organization

  • Presence across Pan India
  • A strong network of 370+ Grassroot institutions
  • Reached out to 10 million women
  • More than Rs 10 billion disbursed across programs
  • Played a pioneering role in nurturing the Microfinance sector and other forms of collectives providing financial support to women.
  • Provided loans with technical assistance to building the capacity of promising and committed people’s institutions to play a leading role in providing financial services to the poor.

Why should a corporate partner with organization?

FWWB is implementing impact-driven programs at the grassroots through its various interventions. The focus of the programs are on reaching out to the underserved and difficult terrain across various states of India by the adoption of client-centric programs to suit the needs of women.

In addition to this,

  • FWWB has a strong focus on the social and economic empowerment of women from low-income households by working through institutions that align in values and aspirations
  • FWWB provides catalytic funding and capacity building support to women and institutions, with a clear exit strategy for long-term sustainability
  • FWWB provides market driven solutions; continuously evolve with the market, by understanding the changing landscape of women, their livelihoods and their households
  • FWWB has rich experience in implementing women entrepreneurship programs and capacity building of farmer producer organizations


Chief Functionary

Name :  
Neha Kansara
Designation :  
Head - Capacity Building
Email :  


Name :  
Mr S S Bhat
Designation :  
Email 1 :  
Phone :  
+91 79 26580119

Project Detail of Organization

Women entrepreneurship support program
Project Type: CSR
Why women entrepreneurship? Enterprises owned by women contribute significantly to enhance live....
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Agriculture finance & capacity building
Project Type: CSR
Why agriculture finance? Over 56% of India’s population is engaged in agriculture and alli....
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Solar Energy program
Project Type: CSR
Why solar energy? In 2014, a World Bank report stated that India was home to the world’s ....
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Water and Sanitation Program
Project Type: CSR
Why water and sanitation? Two of the fundamental aspects of a healthy and dignified existence a....
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