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The Maitri Trust exists to improve the well-being of disadvantaged people in developing countries. We do this through funding high-impact non-profit organisations across Asia, Africa and Latin America that have the potential to create systemic change through education and training.

The Maitri Trust was formed in 2006 by members of the First State Stewart investment management team (part of First State Investments), in their personal capacity. In 2015, First State Stewart split to form two new teams; Stewart Investors (primarily based in the UK) and First State Stewart Asia (based in Asia). The Maitri Trust continues in its work and facilitates the charitable giving of the Stewart Investors team, from whom it receives an annual donation.