Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA)

Created in 2005, Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA) is the national network of Afghanistan microfinance institutions (MFIs). It represents the MFIs and community-based savings promoting institutions (CSPIs) in Afghanistan. AMA currently works with 12 member organizations serving about 224,000 borrowers in 19 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. Over 41% of the borrowers are women. The outstanding portfolio of the member organizations stands at over US$ 140 million as of September 2015. Currently, AMA is being supported by Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA) and USAID’s Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) project. AMA aims to promote a sustainable development finance sector in Afghanistan through sector coordination and networking, knowledge management, lobbying and advocacy, capacity building, and awareness raising to establish itself as an effective voice for the development finance sector. To become the true representative of the development finance sector, AMA expanded its membership base to CSPIs and other financial services providers operating in Afghanistan.