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Mobile-based Islamic Microloans: Benefits Beyond Shariah Compliance to Deepen Financial Inclusion Across Faiths

Digital credit products like M-Shwari, KCB M-Pesa, Equitel’s Eazzy Loan, Tala and Branch have been extremely successful at providing access to credit for millions of people in East Africa. The convenience, reach, and efficiency of these lending products has resulted in the financial inclusion of a large percentage of people who have traditionally not had access to financial services. The products are accessed either through an app or USSD.

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Mobile-based Islamic Microloans: Benefits Beyond Shariah Compliance to Deepen Financial Inclusion Across Faiths

Digital credit products like M-Shwari, KCB M-Pesa, Equitel’s Eazzy Loan, Tala and Branch have been extremely successful at providing access to credit for millions of people in East Africa. The convenience, reach, and efficiency of these lending products has resulted in the financial inclusion of a large percentage of people who have traditionally not had access to financial services. The products are accessed either through an app or USSD.

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Instilling a Strong Agri Culture

In every Union Budget presentation, agriculture is given a place of prominence. This is not surprising, given that 50% of India's population is dependent on agriculture. Budget 2017 was no different. Both the Economic Survey and the Budget speech stressed heavily on improving agricultural infrastructure and augmenting farmer incomes.

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Helping women help themselves

They opine that while self-help groups are best known for linking women to microcredit, they also become a platform for empowering women by engaging them in the development of their own rural communities and enabling progress towards behavior change. “But women in self-help groups don't stop at merely understanding healthy behaviours. They also collaborate with accredited social health activists to connect the community to the health system and even start to make extra demands of the system, so that they get the support they need to act on what they know."

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Want to get gender equality? Involve men, but put women in charge.

Recently, we took a look at our data on community groups across 3 multi-country projects, to see what was most effective for women’s economic empowerment. The answer might surprise you: involve men, but put women in leadership.

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Digital Finance is the New Source of Economic Development

The unbanked people of the world are so much more than a population in need of help. They’re a potential customer base waiting to enter the formal economy—and push it to new heights.

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