On the front lines of financing the poor.

Banking On Tablets In Rural India

This mini-documentary describes Vaya’s innovative usage of tablet technology to bring about financial inclusion. The use of technology makes processes easier, more efficient, and more reliable.

At The Crossroads

This article profiles Vikram Akula, Chairperson of Vaya, when he was about to take SKS Microfinance public. It describes in detail the moral quandary faced by microfinance institutions caught between their social responsibility and the need to sustain growth through profitability, at a time when the industry was still defining itself.

Special Session: Profiting from the Poor? A Discussion

A discussion between Muhammad Yunus, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of Grameen Bank, Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women's World Banking, and Vikram Akula, Chairman of Vaya about the nature of microfinance and the extent to which the profit motive and commercial financing have a place in the industry.