12 December

Nomination of Mr. Ranjith Hettiarachchi as one of DID's Outstanding Partners

  • Date : Thursday December 12, 2013
  • Venue : Quebec




Lévis, December 17, 2013 – Among Développement international Desjardins (DID) partners in the Proxfin international network there are individuals who, in the spirit of Alphonse Desjardins, display outstanding drive and creativity in their efforts to increase access to financial services for their communities. DID wishes to honor the four Outstanding Partners who were identified in 2013 for their special commitment to their community finance institution.

 Visit the DID website to learn more about these microfinance leaders.


Loku Bandara Abeysinghe

Director of international relations at SANASA Insurance Company Ltd. (Sri Lanka)

Providing optimum insurance coverage for farmers is the priority set by Loku Bandara Abeysinghe. Working since 2010 with the international division of SANASA Insurance Company (SICL), the insurance component of the Sri Lankan SANASA cooperative group, he achieved recognition with his team by setting up an innovative weather index-based crop insurance plan. Thanks to this innovation, SANASA Insurance Company was the recipient in August 2013 of the annual first prize awarded by the National Agribusiness Council of Sri Lanka in the services category.

Mr. Abeysinghe will soon take part in a fellowship program with Desjardins Group allowing him to exchange views with numerous experts inside the Group.


Maïga Aminata Santara

Loan Officer with the Nyèsigiso network (Mali)

Within the Nyèsigiso network in Mali, Maïga Aminata Santara is a role model when it comes to credit management operations. The exceptional quality of the loan portfolio she manages is a shining example. Her portfolio-at-risk (1-day PAR) has been under one percent since 2009.

Several times over the last semester of 2013 she was designated best loan officer of the month based on the quality and the volume of her portfolio.


Ranjith Hettiarachchi

CEO of the Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (ACCU), Thailand

Ranjith Hettiarachchi has devoted his professional career to the development of the financial cooperative sector. After working as General Manager/CEO of the Federation of Thrift and Credit Cooperative Societies Ltd. (SANASA) in Sri Lanka, he took the helm of the Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (ACCU) in 1994 as CEO. His remarkable leadership and vision have enabled the ACCU to become a sustainable, innovative and effective regional actor.

A staunch advocate of financial literacy and responsible lending, during his career Ranjith Hettiarachchi has designed and introduced numerous innovative financial products and services and developed a number of training programs targeting various aspects of managing a financial cooperative or network of financial cooperatives. He is also an active promoter of the federated network model, which he considers to be a vehicle for integration and effectiveness.


Sergej Pakhomov

Executive Officer of the Credit Union Association of Kuzbass (regional association affiliated with the Russian Credit Union League - RCUL), Russia

Active in the Credit Union Association of Kuzbass in Siberia since 1997, Sergej Pakhomov was named Executive Officer in 1999. The efforts that he has devoted to the development of this regional association affiliated with the Russian Credit Union League (RCUL) have earned it a reputation as one of the best organized in the country.

It was thanks to the commitment of Mr. Pakhomov that most of the financial cooperatives in Kuzbass were created and he is therefore recognized as one of the organizers of the financial cooperative movement in the region.

About Proxfin

Proxfin is an international network for study and discussion comprising thirty community finance institutions and Développement international Desjardins (DID). Proxfin member financial institutions have an impact on more than eight million families and entrepreneurs throughout the world. Proxfin's goal is to foster communication among these institutions, which share the same values and approach to performance, and improve practices in community finance. Information: www.proxfin.org

About DID

For more than 40 years, Développement international Desjardins (DID) has been working with developing and emerging countries towards the goal of sharing the expertise and experience of Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada. Its goal is to provide disadvantaged communities around the world with access to secure, diversified financial services that fit their needs. A pioneer in the deployment and development of microfinance around the world, DID with its team of over one hundred employees, is today a leading contributor to the sector. www.did.qc.ca/en

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