How do poor Kenyans manage their money? This executive summary synthesizes the key findings of the 2012-13 Kenya Financial Diaires project that looked very closely at the ways in which low-income Kenyans earned, spent, saved, borrowed and invested over the course of a year. The data from the project paint a rich picture of the […]
This short note profiles the savings behavior of “Kevin” – one of the participants of the 2012-13 Kenya Financial Diaries project – and addresses the bigger question of whether and in which cases restricted savings accounts are desirable for people living on little.
In what ways do norms and expectations about the actual processes of saving and borrowing create a disjuncture between the formal sector and indigenous experiences? Bridging this divide between every day and formal financial concepts and practices is part of the key to being able to develop more appropriate products and services that will support […]
Mobile money transfers (MMT) have enabled informal financial sector transactions to grow and operate more efficiently, offering increased competition to the formal financial sector. Recent research has found that MMT is facilitating informal interpersonal transfers that are far more varied and complex than suggested by the ‘send money home’ domestic remittance entry-point rationale of M-Pesa […]
This annex reports more detailed findings from the demand side survey than are contained in the main report. First, the methodology of the survey is explained before proceeding to two further sections. The second section, reports more detailed descriptive data on a service by service basis. It aims to ensure that detailed findings are available […]
Does the rapid adoption of mobile phone based money transfer services (MMT) suggest a tectonic shift in Kenya’s financial landscape and the greater potential for formal sector inclusion – especially in savings or transactions accounts? This report examines the use of MMT within the context of informal and formal financial service use. The study investigated […]
This report examines the use of M-PESA within the wider context of financial service use in Kenya. It argues that the way this service is being used offers evidence of a key feature of the logic of people’s financial transactions: that they are embedded in the give and take nature of inter-personal transfers within social […]