Advisory Board Group

Mrs. R.Girija

Mr. R.Girija is Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Sharada’s Women’s Association for Weaker Section ( ). Sharada Women's Association for Weaker Section is a Not-for-Profit Organization registered in the year 1999 under The Andhra Pradesh (Telengana Area) Public Societies Registration Act; 1350F.She has over a period of 10 years of experience in Microfinance.

She has attended No. of seminars, workshops on Micro Finance conducted by various organizations like FWWB, Sa-Dhan etc.

Mrs. R.Girija holds a bachelor degree in arts with specialisation in rural Development. She is currently serving as Vice President of SAMRUDHI Micro Fin Society.

Giridhar Kolanupaku

Mr. Giridhar Kolanupaku is a software engineer having Over 6 years experience in verification and validation of Embedded Software and Hardware In the Loop real-time applications.

He worked with various software firms both in India and USA. He is a volunteer and board member to various organisations working for women empowerment, child education etc.

He is actively involved in a project’ From Suicide to Self-Reliance ( in Nijambad, AP and Asha for Education. Currently, he is working with Danlaw Technologies India Ltd as a team leader. Giridhar holds Masters Degree from Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville, TN, USA.

He brings in his vast technological experience to deploy computer based Management Information System to scale up SAMRUDHI’s livelihood based micro finance activities. Presently, he is serving as Joint Secretary of SAMRUDHI Micro Fin Society.

Sanju Kumar, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Sanju Kumar has over 5 years of work experience developmental and microfinance.

He worked with leading microfinance institute in Karnataka. Before starting SAMRUDHI Micro Fin Society, he had acquired knowledge about poverty issues, developed sensitivity to respond to social injustice & poverty around him and most importantly a craving for developing deprived communities such as women, children, and special children. His experience with the poor families gave him an insight into and helped him develop an understanding of poverty issue as well as the importance of community work.

He realized that one-time charitable grant may help in the short-term, but will not make a long-term impact in the lives of poor people. He is an independent consultant for start-up NGOs and livelihood promotion institutions.

He has seen operations of different organisations having operations in various methodologies. Sanju holds a bachelor degree from University of Agricultural Science, Dharwad. Currently he is pursuing his MBA from ICFAI. He is, presently, the CEO of SAMRUDHI Micro Fin Society.

Mallinath H.M

Mallinath has over 6 years of experience in marketing, finance and development. He worked with Godrej Hi Care Ltd & Rangsons Pvt Ltd. Currently; he is working with Agricultural Research Station, Gulbarga as an executive on the project Integrated Farming System under rainfed situation.

He is also an independent consultant for making agriculture and allied activities profitable enterprises. Mallinath holds Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Specialization in Marketing and Graduate in Agriculture from University of Agricultural Science's, Dharwad.

Mr. Shadrak

Shadrak holds a Bachelor degree in arts from Gulbarga University. He has two years of work experience in a leading micro finance institution in Karnataka. He has served in different parts of Karnataka state. Shadrak is also associated with development sector through active involvement with various NGOs.

Mr. Ashok

Ashok is an experienced development worker in microfinance industry and currently working with a leading MFI in Karnataka from past two years.

He has been a seasoned community organiser with exposure to women’s SHG groups, thrift and credit management and community organisation. Ashok holds a bachelor degree in Arts and Law from Gulbarga University. Ashok will help us in handling legal issues with various Govt and Non Govt. agencies for smooth functioning of the organisation.

Ms. Esther

Esther holds a Diploma in Education from Belgum University. She is currently working with an NGO as a community organiser and closely working with women’s issues such as gender issues, strengthening of democratic values, and participation of women in the local government etc.