The key objective of APMAS is to enhance the quality and sustainability of self help movement through capacity building of self-help promoting institutions (SHPIs) and bankers. The range of trainings covers: Trainings of Trainers in Participatory Training Methodology; SHG Concepts; Promotion of SHG Federation; Visioning at SHG Federation level; MACS Act; Book-keeping and Accountancy; Delinquency and Financial Management; Legal Compliances; Managing Audit; and Credit Planning and Recovery Management. In addition to trainings, APMAS provides hand-holding and mentoring support in field operations.
Rating of SHG Federations and community-based microfinance institutions is one of the innovations brought in by APMAS in the country s microfinance sector. APMAS has developed several tools to assess the quality of SHG federations and supported a few organizations in developing customized rating tools.
APMAS has been engaged in piloting a Self-Regulatory system for SHGs and SHG Federations called Swayam Niyantrana Udhyamam, (Sector Own Control) in Kamareddy, Nizamabad district of AP to ensure that SHG members set their agenda and successfully manage their activities for the benefit of members. This successful experience is being scaled up.