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Amrapali Satish Shindwe from Bhandara, Maharashtra, lived in a village where women were entirely dependent on the male members of their household--even for small things like mobile recharge or sending money digitally. The nearest bank was inaccessible for many women, too, with buses and cars in short supply.
Then she became a Grameen Mittra. "There has been a lot of change," she says. "All these women have come to me for their recharges and other financial matters. Women are able to access banking services, like opening account transactions, withdrawals, payments, and bill payments."
One Mittra can serve, on average, 100 households in a year. The regions in which they work have an average household number of three people. With thousands of Grameen Mittras currently working in India, the ripple effects they have are felt through entire communities.
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