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About vijaymahajan

Educated at St XaviersSchool, Jaipur; IIT Delhi; IIM Ahmedabad and Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, USA; Co-founder of several development organisations - BASIX (, PRADAN (, Development Finance Forum (, Andhra Pradesh Mahila Abhivruddhi Society (, Sa-Dhan ( and the Microfinance Institutions Networrk ( Chair of CGAP Excom; BASIX Boards; DSC Board; Board member of MSSRF, ASSEFA, Gram Vikas Honours - WEF Davos Schwab Social Entrepreneur; Ashoka Global Fellow; IIT Delhi Distinguished Alumni Award; HSBC-Access Award for Outstanding Contribution to Microfinance in India; listed among India's top 50 most powerful people in India by BusinessWeek, Asia edition, 2010 Married to Savita, Deputy Dean, ISB, Hyderabad; two children, Chirag and Chandni

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Day 79 – The Yatra ends in Pochampally, Shodh continues

April 18, 2011     Pochampally, Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh Based on report by Vishali Vishwanath, Communications Team, BASIX  The last day of ‘Shodh Yatra’ was planned to culminate on April 18, 2011 in a village called Pochampally (about 45 … Continue reading

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Day 74 – Kolar, Karnataka

Face to Face with Microfinance Clients Further, for Kolar, feedback from clients during the qualitative investigation by the study team reveals that the multiple borrowing level of 3-4 loans per client in the area resulted from several individuals having taken … Continue reading

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Day 73- General comment – We have to be counted before we count !

The Census of India 2011, Preliminary Results are out! I am an ardent admirer of India’s mega administrative exercises – the Decennial Census, the General Elections, the Pulse Polio Campaign, the Total Literacy Movement, etc.  The sheer scale of these … Continue reading

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Days 71-72 Dhaka, Bangladesh

Prof Yunus and I in Dhaka on Apr 11, 2011 Apart from offering our solidarity and conveying the sentiments in our letter below on behalf of the world microfinance community, I also discussed a number of issues with Prof Yunus, … Continue reading

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Day 66-68 Bhitiharwa Ashram, Champaran, Bihar

My Invitation to Bhitiharwa Ashram, Champaran, Bihar, which I sent to about 40 selected people. About 25 came and the responses of some of them after the visit are given below: Dear Friend As you know, I have been on a … Continue reading

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