Mumbai, October 03, 2023: In a major achievement, SLCM has made a profound impact on the lives of over 78,000 small and marginal farmers, along with more than 23,000 women borrowers, through its financial wing, Kissandhan.
Kissandhan empowers farmers and stakeholders to secure loans of up to Rs 5 Crore by pledging their commodity stocks stored in SLCM’s state-of-the-art warehouses. This significant milestone not only highlights SLCM’s dedication to the agricultural community but also represents a game-changing moment for the company.
Kissandhan, with its diverse range of products, including Commodity Based Finance (CBF), Financing FPOs and Business Correspondent (BC), has facilitated cumulative disbursements of INR 2773 Crores and issued 48,936 warehouse receipts. This remarkable milestone underscores SLCM’s commitment to the agricultural community.
Kissandhan is revolutionizing the way farmers, aggregators, traders, and Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) access financing. SLCM understands the critical role FPOs play in supporting member and non-member farmers during crucial periods such as the procurement of inputs like seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides, as well as during harvesting. Kissandhan ensures that FPOs receive timely loans, enabling them to extend this support to farmers. As a result, farmers receive instant funds when they need them most, leading to improved livelihoods.
Mr Sandeep Sabharwal, Group CEO, SLCM, expressed his pride in achieving this milestone, stating, “Kissandhan initiative is a testament to our unwavering commitment to the well-being of farmers. We are thrilled to have made a positive impact on the lives of over 65,000 small and marginal farmers and more than 23,000 women borrowers. As we move forward, SLCM remains dedicated to introducing more innovative solutions that will empower the agricultural community and drive positive change in the sector.”
SLCM is also fostering Business Correspondent Partnerships for building retail book with Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) and Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) through Kissandhan. This initiative provides NBFCs engaged in Agri & Allied activities with loan limits of up to Rs 15 Crores for lending to small and marginal farmers. By doing so, Kissandhan is bridging the gap in rural credit access and empowering marginal farmers in agriculture.
This milestone reflects SLCM’s ongoing efforts to redefine agricultural financing in India. By leveraging technology and a deep understanding of the needs of farmers and FPOs, SLCM through Kissandhan has not only transformed lives but also ensured that the future of agriculture in India is poised for growth and sustainability.