ASA International

Since its establishment in 2007, ASA International (“ASA International” or the “Company”) has become the largest international microfinance institution in the world. ASA International serves more than 2.2 million clients and employs approximately 11,000 staff in thirteen countries in Asia and Africa, including the Philippines, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone. 


Almost all of ASA International’s clients are female micro-entrepreneurs who are engaged in a variety of small businesses, ranging from small shops, restaurants, cottage industries to various trading activities. ASA International provides micro-loans to these clients from 1,665 branches based in the communities where our clients live, with an average outstanding loan size ranging of USD 170.


ASA International was established in partnership with ASA of Bangladesh, which is widely recognized as the world’s most successful microfinance institution (ranked by Forbes Magazine as the world’s #1 microfinance institution in 2007 and winner of the Financial Times/IFC ‘Banking at the Bottom of the Pyramid” award in 2008). ASA is a not-for-profit institution that serves from approximately 2,900 branches approximately 7.5 million clients in Bangladesh. ASA distinguishes itself for its highly cost efficient community-based lending model, which has enabled it to make a sustainable return on assets, while offering competitive interest rates to its clients.


As of June 30, 2018, ASA International had total assets of USD 441.5 million.


On July 13, 2018, ASA International successfully completed an initial public offering ("IPO") and was admitted to the Premium segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. At the date of the IPO, the Company's market capitalization was GBP 313 million (at the time equivalent to USD 414 million).


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