India: IND: Strengthening Rural Financial Inclusion and Farmer Access to Markets: Axis Bank and Yes Bank

Nonsovereign Project | 48278-001

Project Name IND: Strengthening Rural Financial Inclusion and Farmer Access to Markets: Axis Bank and Yes Bank
Project Number 48278-001
Borrower / Company Axis Bank Limited
Country / Economy India
Type or Modality of Assistance
3195 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 200.00 million Committed
3196 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 200.00 million Committed
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Finance / Finance sector development - Inclusive finance

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Portfolio Management Division, PSOD
Responsible ADB Officer Doukidis, Doukas
Project Sponsor(s)
Objectives and Scope

ADB''s assistance will contribute towards the following objectives:

(i) Support of scalable lending models for priority sectors and inclusive agriculture growth. The current level of commercial bank lending to agriculture in India remains inadequate and limited access to finance for the rural population constrains their ability to undertake critical investments to improve yields and income. By channeling funds and providing TA to ABL and YBL for lending to small farmers and rural women, ADB''s support will not only contribute appreciably towards both banks' efforts to meet priority sector lending targets, but also signal to the market and catalyze more local bank finance to support the development of this important sector, helping to alleviate rural poverty.

(ii) Strengthening the banking sector by providing bank access to long-term funding. ADB's loans will make a sizeable contribution to ABL and YBL's funding in support of rural financial inclusion.

(iii) Technical assistance. ADB''s TA will directly complement ADB's credit lines, supporting the buildup of both banks' inclusive business strategies via business correspondents and targeted lending products to small farmers, using innovative approaches for linking them to markets. ADB's TA will help improve the integrity of credit data at the farmer level, and enhance credit assessment and risk management at both banks, which will benefit farmers with improved access to credit. With ADB''s assistance, the banks' business models can become scalable and replicable flagship initiatives to support inclusive and commercially viable approaches to funding farmers and women borrowers through SHGs.

(iv) Effective gender mainstreaming. The assistance includes a comprehensive approach to improve YBL's ability to reach an additional 2.5 million rural, low-income women. This includes women's awareness of financial planning, savings, and borrowing for their farm and household needs as reflected in the gender action plan.

Status of Development Objectives Achieved the development objective of improving access to finance for small farmers and women in rural areas.
Status of Operation/Construction Axis Bank's (Loan 3195) operation loan is fully disbursed and repaying and Yes Bank's (Loan 3196) operation loan is fully disbursed and repaid.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Under Strategy 2020, ADB aims to strengthen the financial sector by promoting inclusive growth. Inclusive finance will be supported by the focus on rural areas where productivity is low and the potential for income generation is high. The assistance is also consistent with ADB's country partnership strategy, 2013-2017 for India, which highlights the importance of inclusive growth through inclusive financial systems. ADB will assist both banks to expand their services to small farmers and low-income women, which is consistent with the government's efforts as emphasized in the Mor Report. ADB's nonsovereign support will complement earlier and ongoing sovereign efforts in capital market and rural credit cooperative restructuring, as well as agribusiness infrastructure development.
Safeguard Categories
Environment FI
Involuntary Resettlement FI-C
Indigenous Peoples FI-C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The loan is classified category FI for environment. Due to the nature of the investments involved, no significant environmental impact is expected.
Involuntary Resettlement No IR impact is expected due to the nature of investments involved.
Indigenous Peoples No IP impact is expected due to the nature of investments involved.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation The participating banks and their affiliated business correspondents follow a well-established participatory approach in forming groups and holding regularly scheduled, structured group meetings. This is adequately reflected in the banks' product policy papers for SHGs. The participating banks and their affiliated business correspondents have adequate processes in place that encourage participation.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 21 Jul 2014
Credit Committee Meeting -
Approval 18 Nov 2014
Last PDS Update 10 Sep 2021

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