Bharathi Ramasubramanian and Donnie Tuck


Our January and February Star Contributors are Bankers without Boarders volunteers, Bharathi Ramasubramanian and Donnie Tuck who give voice to the complex new features in our most recent releases. They have updated our user manual so you can use and understand these features and the value they provide.

This is the first time we are recognizing Star Contributors for their crucial documentation work in the successful adoption of open source software.

Kudos to Bharathi and Donnie for documenting how to use our Floss user manuals!  With little knowledge of our product, they crafted easy to follow documentation so you can use the features on a day to day basis. From installing Mifos and configuring it, to full support for PPI, and beyond, their work has been indispensable.

Bharathi Ramasubramanian - Boston, MA (currently India)

Bharathi was a software developer and IT analyst, before switching the focus of her career to the social sector. She has been involved in research for international microfinance development while working with NGOs in the US and India. Mifos is her first open source project which she discovered through a news article on a microfinance website.

Bharathi documented features of the Mifos 2.0 release in the User Manual including Importing Transactions via the M-PESA pluginManaging Batch Jobs, and Waiving of Interest on Early Repayment of Loans. She is currently working on the Mifos 2.1 release.

She hopes the manual helps all end-users quickly and easily, understand the various functionalities of the Mifos system. She expects, this understanding will help MFIs to use the software effectively and serve as many needy people as possible.

In her words:

Bharathi says "Considering the profound impact of microfinance, the opportunity to contribute in some way towards global poverty alleviation is very satisfying, deeply humbling and rewarding."


Donnie Tuck - Hampton, VA


Hampton City Councilman, Donnie Tuck, is a native of Chapel Hill, NC. A graduate of Duke and Old Dominion Universities, Donnie has worked as a technical writer and former municipal government division manager.

Donnie discovered Mifos while conducting online research on economic development. He saw information on Bankers without Borders and its need for volunteers to assist in its documentation efforts.

Donnie's substantial contribution documenting how to use “Question Groups” and "PPI" sections for Mifos 2.0 is one of the biggest features they have built in Mifos. He readily works on any documentation Bankers without Borders needs for Mifos, especially how to use community collaboration tools .

Donnie hopes his contribution will improve the efficiency of providing and tracking assistance to the poor.

On what he finds rewarding in his Mifos work:

"The personal challenge of creating documentation that can be understood by individuals about whom I have no idea of what their capabilities are."