For financial inclusion to benefit women equally, we need women leading and bringing perspective at every level. At Accion, we’re proud to have many driven women leading the charge as we work to tackle the problem of financial exclusion around the world.
We’re highlighting some of these leaders who are working to build a more inclusive world in our annual International Women’s Day blog series on the women of Accion and our partners. You can learn about more inspiring women in our previous article for this series.
Here are a few of the leaders we’re proud to work with:
Tharasree Amarnath, Head of Technology, Prayaan Capital
Growing up, Tharasree Amarnath was always acutely aware of how much potential is lost when women aren’t economically empowered and how much everyone can benefit when women are financially included. “Every woman either works for her family or to contribute to the financial needs of her family,” she says. “I grew up in a scenario watching women who had the zeal to do more but lacked the next push towards financial independency. This trait grew within and motivated me to do something which could fulfill my commitments and as well fuel my passion to do something for those financially deprived women. This led me into fintech for inclusion.”
To make sure more women are empowered to take control of their finances, Tharasree advocates for a grassroots approach to educating women about financial services and how to use technology to access services. Tharasree looks to technology as a solution because she’s seen firsthand what an impact it can have. She’s spent 20 years working in IT, and today she’s the head of technology for Prayaan Capital, a fintech company serving India’s small business owners — and one of our newest portfolio companies at Accion Venture Lab.