For quite some time, the financial inclusion world has been aware of the popularity of savings groups in the developing world. In East Africa, a substantial number of low income people are involved in both informal groups (10.8 million in Uganda, Kenya,
Rwanda and Tanzania combined) as well as NGO promoted groups (at least 3.6 million in the same four countries, saving an estimated USD 30 million each week). Given their popularity, are we making the most of what these groups can offer low income populations?
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