Sa-Dhan, the oldest and largest association of community development finance institutions, came into being on July 21, 1999 with a mission to support and strengthen the financial inclusion agenda in India. It helps its member institutions to better serve low-income households, particularly women, in both rural and urban India, in their quest for establishing stable livelihoods and improving quality of life.
Sa-Dhan has 185 members reaching out to 33 states/UTs and 588 districts; it includes SHG promoting institutions, MFIs (For Profit and Not For Profit), banks, rating agencies, capacity building institutions etc. Sa-Dhan’s members follow diverse legal forms & operating models to reach out to over 46 million clients with loan outstanding of more than Rs. 68,216 crores. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recognized Sa-Dhan as a Self Regulatory Organisation for the Microfinance Sector. Sa-Dhan is recognized as National Support Organization (NSO) by National Rural Livelihood Promotion (NRLM).