Overview

Samunnati (registered as a Non Banking Financial Company) is a company focused on agri value chains, aims to enhance the value of all players across the value chain, by providing financial intermediation, market linkages and advisory services. Samunnati stands for Inclusive Growth and works with a belief that for a value chain to work well, all the chain actors need have access to formal financial instruments customized to suit the requirements of the Value Chain as well as the stakeholders operating within – thereby making the value chains operate at a higher equilibrium.

In doing this Samunnati

  • Works with farmers and farmer associations in securing adequate access to quality production inputs together with risk- coping mechanisms for natural disasters shocks;
  • Establishes strong market linkages and relationships among various chain actors (including commitments from these actors to cooperate on mutually beneficial actions/investments) and farmer community organizations.
  • Provides advisory on strategies to enhance the ability of smallholders and farmer community organisations to compete in agri product market by reducing cost of production, increasing yield and improving quality. 

The key to the interventions of Samunnati is to understand the local value chains, to develop selective customised financial solutions across these value chains and thus create vibrant local economies that are efficiently connected to mainstream financial markets. Using the value chain finance model, Samunnati is providing quality, affordable financial services for small and marginal farmers* and other value chain actors. Samunnati commenced its operations in Tiruvannamalai district in November 2014 and has expanded its operations to various parts of the country.

The value chain finance model developed and implemented by Samunnati is adaptable to diverse contexts, products and environments. Samunnati is now expanding its footprint across other states and districts in various food and agri value chains by setting up new branches which are referred as Points of High Impacts and new Channels of High Impacts including working through community based organisations like Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs & Cooperatives).

Mission and Objective

To provide the underserved households and agri-enterprises, access to markets through financial intermediation, market linkages & advisory services so that the enterprises & value chains that they are engaged in, operate at a higher equilibrium thereby creating value for all the stakeholders in the chain.

Values and Culture

Values that drive our behaviourcore

  • Act with integrity
  • Customer Centricity
  • Respect Diversity

Values that drive our performance

  • Drive for excellence
  • Take accountability

Culture at Samunnati is defined by the core values above and all employees of Samunnati are guided by the following principles:

Guiding Principles:

  1. We do what is right & appropriate.
  2. We always demonstrate commitment to integrity and ethics in all that we do.
  3. We are passionate about understanding our customer’s needs and deliver value for them.
  4. We are committed to offering quality services and achieving operational excellence.
  5. We respect, value and leverage diversity and treat all our stakeholders with dignity.
  6. We provide an inclusive & supportive work environment for all our stakeholders.
  7. We continuously exceed our expectations and always strive for excellence in all our products and services.
  8. We believe in meritocracy and rely on outcome for measuring performance.
  9. We deliver what is agreed.
  10. We take responsibility for our actions, decisions and results at every level.

Geographical Presence

Branch Network

Samunnati has its field presence with the branches operating in 2 states and a total network of 15 branches as of September, 2016. Over the past one year, Samunnati has built its branch presence in 3 districts across the states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh of India.

In November 2014, Samunnati set up its first branch in Santhavasal Village in Tiruvannamalai District, Tamil Nadu. In November 2015, Samunnati expanded its presence to the Andhra Pradesh.

Samunnati has its registered head office in Chennai and has its regional office at Katpadi, Vellore which acts as a hub for all its branch network.