When encouraged to undertake a program for micro finance, AP succeeded in convincing his colleagues at the Eastern India Lions Leadership Academy to accept this challenge. This Academy raised more than USD 100,000 to initiate a programme jointly with ASA International to support small loans to women. Gradually the program grew with an exposure exceeding USD 300,000 and has resulted in pulling more than 7000 women and their families out of poverty. This was an experimental programme of lions working with micro finance in a structured manner, and it’s success story was proudly presented to the lions of the world during the centennial convention at Chicago.