Why technology matters for advancing women’s financial inclusion

February 6, 2015

Our Pafupi mobile savings project in Malawi with NBS Bank and supported by UNCDF was highlighted in the article “Why technology matters for advancing women’s financial inclusion” on OECD Insights.

pafupi brochure outsideCROPThe use of digital financial services has the potential to address women’s preferences in new and exciting ways, as well as to reduce the cost and time of service delivery. In Malawi, for example, with UNCDF support, Women’s World Banking and NBS Bank designed the Papfupi Savings Account to give “mtima myaa” or “peace of mind” to its clients. It does so by using mobile phones in rural areas as a transaction point to make deposits and withdrawals, and with the help of the mobile sales team, clients can even open an account in ten minutes from anywhere. The product conveys information simply and visually so that the customer does not need to be literate.

Read the full article on OECD Insights.