CARD Bank, Inc.’s origin can be traced from the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, Inc. (CARD, Inc.), which was organized on December 10, 1986 by a group of 15 rural development practitioners as a social development foundation through responsible financial services.
CARD spent considerable time in refining its operation using modified Grameen Bank methodology in 1989, with the end view of achieving the twin goals of outreach and sustainability. Within a decade, CARD has successfully formalized its micro lending operations by transforming itself into a formal financial institution.
In 1997, CARD Inc. obtained its license from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas as a microfinance-oriented rural bank. Then on September 1, 1997, the CARD Bank, Inc. opened its door to the public in San Pablo City subsuming four CARD Inc. branches.
In addition, CARD Bank, Inc. became a member of the group known as the CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI) that aims to provide the poor with diverse financial and non-financial services.
Inspired by its vision, CARD Bank, Inc.’s ownership was shared among clients on February 14, 2000. From then on, members can buy shares of stocks through transfer of their compulsory savings as payment for shares of stocks.
Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip, CARD MRI Founder and Managing Director, fully supported clients’ ownership of CARD Bank, Inc. by saying, “Only by creating a vehicle for asset ownership, can we ensure that the poor will gain control over their own resources and over their own destiny.”
CARD Bank, Inc. continues to improve the quality of products and services to better serve its ever-growing number of clients. Currently, it has 55 branches across the country serving more than 900,000 clients. In years to come, CARD Bank, Inc. plans to expand and to open more branches in all regions of the Philippines reaching out to millions of clients.
Vision and Mission
CARD MRI is a world-class leader in microfinance and community-based social development undertakings that improves the quality of life of socially-and-economically challenged women and families towards nation building.
CARD MRI isÂ committed to:
- Empower socially-and-economically challenged women and families through continuous access to financial, microinsurance, educational, livelihood, health and other capacity-building services that eventually transform them into responsible citizens for their community and the environment;
- Enable the women members to gain control and ownership of financial and social development institutions; and
- Partner with appropriate agencies, private institutions, and people and community organizations to facilitate achievement of mutual goals.
MEET PEOPLE BEHIND
Our team is composed of highly motivated people, from the rank and file to the senior executives, whose dedication is unparalleled. Our executives and most of the senior officers have more than 30 years experience under their belts in managing and running a social enterprise. Their education from different disciplines have proven to be an effective tool in realizing the goals of CARD MRI, similar to a well-oiled machine, working in perfect synergy towards one direction or goal: eradicate poverty in the Philippines.
Awards and Certifications
|FROM||AWARD TITLE||DATE GIVEN|
|Small Business Corporation||Most Distinguished Partner||July 23,2010|
|Small Business Corporation||Most Distinguished Partner||July 22, 2011|
|Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas||Financial Inclusion Champion||July 06, 2011|
|Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas||Financial Inclusion Champion||August 28,2012|
|Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas||Financial Inclusion Champion||July 16, 2013|