On March 08, 2017 Janalakshmi Financial Services (JFS), India’s largest Microfinance organisation, today, celebrated ‘Mahila Diwas’ to commemorate International Women’s Day across 17 cities in the country. On this occasion, JFS created a platform to highlight success stories of its customers from each location and to celebrate womanhood. The event collectively witnessed participation of over 2800 women across the country who shared their inspiring stories of achievements.

The event was an endeavour to connect with the customers and to encourage the spirit of womanhood and entrepreneurship. The event also provides an opportunity for customers to understand various financial services available and the ways they can be utilised to improve their quality of life.

Commenting on the occasion, Ramesh Ramanathan, Chairman, Janalakshmi Financial Services, said, “At Janalakshmi, customers are at the core of everything we do. On this day, I would like to thank our JanaNayaks as well as our customers for their faith in us and for their positive spirit, which inspires us every day. It is a privilege to have all the powerful women come together to celebrate womanhood. I would like our good wishes to reach all women customers throughout India. We take great pride in being part of the success stories of over 5.35 million families across 197 cities in our country. Our aim is to empower all these ambitious women who dare to dream and more importantly to persist in their endeavours.”
Highlights of the event
  • Participation of more than 2800 women customers
  • Celebration of the spirit of entrepreneurship and womanhood
  • Live testimonies of customers and success stories
  • Thoughts on women empowerment programs


About Janalakshmi Financial Services (JFS) JFS is the largest and the fastest growing Micro Finance Institution (MFI) in India. JFS gave out its first loan in October 2000 and currently serves over 5.35 million families across 197 cities in India. It has over 12,000 employees, referred to as JanaNayaks. JFS has deep domain expertise in banking and financial services, with over 500 years of banking sector expertise and a highly proficient senior management. The organisation is recognised globally as one of the world’s innovative financial institutions working on the problem of financial inclusion.

JFS is promoted by Jana foundation, which is an urban inclusion think tank based in Bangalore with a vision to transform urban India where financial inclusion and enhanced quality of life are assured to all those who aspire to help themselves. The Foundation undertakes various activities that deepen understanding of financial inclusion and its many challenges. It addresses policy issues through its financial advisory services. Through education, skilling, livelihood initiatives, and community connect activities, it aims to comprehensively meet the customer needs and assist them to improve the quality of their lives.

In March 2016, JFS received the VC Circle award for the best financial services firm in India that has received venture capital funding. JFS is also a part of the financial-inclusion working group with the World Economic Forum. Also in January 2017, Janalakshmi featured in Fortune magazine as one of India’s 500 largest corporations.


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