With changes in the microfinance landscape in the country that led to focus on delivery of financial services (mainly credit) and declining interest among service providers on livelihoods/business development services to microfinance clients, there were limited synergies between the strategies of microfinance and livelihoods programme units within ACCESS, a ""not for profit" (Section 25) Company set up with support from DFID (Govt. of UK). In addition, the new landscape and issues within microfinance required realignment of the microfinance programme strategies and deployment of exclusive resources and energies towards grounding them. Therefore, the microfinance programme portfolio of ACCESS was spun off in 2009 into ACCESS-ASSIST, set up as a Public Charitable Trust. The mandate of which was to continue to work at all levels of the financial value chain and make efforts, on the one hand to organize the demand on the ground and on the other hand, to engage with supply side actors and catalyze greater flow of funds to the poor.