T. Muniswammappa Trust
The T. Muniswamappa Trust was visualized by Smt Sharadamma in fond memory of her late father T Muniswamappa. It was registered as a public charitable trust in 1995 with its office at Avalahalli. Smt Sharadamma lived all her life in Avalahalli and towards the end of her life she desired some social initiatives to be carried out for the people of Avalahalli and the surrounding villages.
The Trust was thus started with its prime objectives of providing relief to the poor, quality education, micro finance, solid waste management, healthcare and vocational training. With these objectives in place serving as a framework, the T Muniswamappa Trust has come a long way in its 25 years of service. It has tried to live up to the dreams of its founder and has established itself in the social sector as a well respected NGO keeping alive the name of T Muniswamappa in whose memory it was started.
The first initiative of the Trust was Gurukul School. Next came Grama Swabhimana a waste management programme for Avalahalli. This was followed by Grameen Koota a microfinance programme for the empowerment of women. We are pround to state that Grameen Koota which today is India’s largest MFI was founded by the Trust in 1999 with seed capital funding from the Grameen Trust of Bangladesh and Noble Laureate Prof. Muhammud Yunus. After 8 years of incubation in the Trust, Grameen Koota set sail as an independent mainstream MFI. It is today listed in the BSE as Credit Access Grameen Ltd.
The other projects and programmes started, supported and run by the Trust include Navya Disha Yunus Social business, Grameen Shelters Pvt Ltd, Buzz India, Alahalli Lake and Neighbourhood Develppment Trust (ALNDT), Asharaya Creche, TMT Community Trust, Vismaya Kalike, Samhati and Avalahalli Investments Pvt Ltd.