Microfinance

Toward a Less-Cash India

October 4, 2017

How fintech innovations can help small merchants realize the benefits of financial inclusion. Rambabu sells tea in India. Like most businesses in the country, Rambabu’s tea shop is small and deals in cash. He makes about 500 cups of tea …

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Financing Water: Taking Microloans Beyond Business

August 5, 2016

An innovative model for helping the poor access clean water to live healthier and more productive lives. Published in partnership with News Deeply For a long time, microloans for household water and sanitation (WASH) investment did not seem fundable. They’re …

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Using Mobile Data to Enable Financial Inclusion

June 2, 2016

Technology is allowing companies to leverage the wealth of data produced by mobile phones to facilitate lending to the un- or underbanked.  This post is published in partnership with News Deeply. A version of this article first appeared on Harvard’s Evidence …

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Connecting At Least One Million People to the Formal Economy by 2020: Can Machine Learning Be Used to Solve Financial Inclusion?

July 15, 2015

MasterCard Taps the Creative Destruction Lab and MBAs from Canada’s Leading Management School to Tackle a Global and Multifaceted Problem By Sophie Milman, Director of Outreach & Communications, The Creative Destruction Lab The lack of financial inclusion is a problem …

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