Chairperson and Whole time Director
Mrs. Vinatha M. Reddy has been in the developmental field since 1995. She is the founder of Grameen Koota, that started as a micro credit program of T. Muniswamappa Trust, in 1999. Mrs. Reddy has 3 years’ experience in NBFC. A trained Montessori teacher, she manages a school for rural and semi-urban children called Gurukul.
Since 1996 Mrs. Reddy has focused on microcredit, studying the Grameen Bank model. Additionally, she has also studied ASA (Activists for Social Alternatives) and SHARE (Society for Helping, Awakening Rural Poor through Education), the two leading Grameen replicators in India. In 1998 Mrs. Reddy attended the Grameen International Dialogue Program (Dhaka), a two-week immersion training course on the Grameen methodology. Thereafter, she submitted to the Grameen Trust, a pilot-phase project proposal which was immediately accepted for seed capital funding.
After guiding Grameen Koota through a successful pilot growth phase, Mrs. Reddy is exploring strategies that will enable the company to expand its outreach beyond Karnataka. She has attended the Microcredit Summit Conferences in New York City, Delhi, and Dhaka.