Kollam, formerly known as Desinganadu, is an old seaport and a thriving city in the Indian state of Kerala. It is a port city along the Laccadive Sea coast. Mar Sabor, an East Syriac bishop, had founded the Kollam Port. The city is situated on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake. In ancient times, Kollam had a strong commercial relationship with the Chinese. Kollam city ranks 5th in the country and 3rd in Kerala in terms of per capita income and economic performance. The port city has an excellent export background. Fishing and dairy farming largely contribute to the citys economy. The government is about to establish a fishing harbor in the vicinity of the city in order to increase the fish production. Fisheries, hatcheries, turkey and poultry farms are also plentiful in the city. The city also has a rich mineral base. The sands on the beaches and the entire area has a good amount of heavy minerals such as Ilmenite, Monosite, Rutile and Zircon, which can be used for industrial purposes. There are limestone deposits and bauxite in and around the city. Kollam is often called the "Cashew Capital of the World", as the city is noted for its traditional cashew business. This city is a microcosm of Kerala and its residents are from various religious, ethnic and linguistic groups.
Karur Vysya Bank based in Karur, Tamil Nadu. It is a private-sector bank and was set up by M. A. Venkatarama Chettiar and Athi Krishna Chettiar in 1916. The bank primarily operates in the treasury, corporate/retail banking segments and wholesale banking. It provides services such as personal, agricultural banking, corporate, and services to NRIs and MSME. The bank offers housing loan, personal loan, insurance, and fixed deposits among others under private banking. The KVB offer services like corporate loans, multicity current account, demat account, and general insurance among others under corporate banking. The schemes supplied by KVB under agricultural banking includes Green Harvester, Green Trac, and KVB Happy Kisan among others. The bank offers products such as MSME Cash, Vendor Bill Discounting among others. As on 1 July 2018, the bank had increased branches and ATMs during the year thus accounting the total number to 798 branches and 1,780 plus ATMs. In FY16, it introduced many initiatives like an e-book, reloadable cards, Kisan credit cards, automatic passbook kiosk, etc. The recent action is the introduction of a fast tag and UPI based payment system. As of Dec 2017, total business volume was1,00,000+ crore.