This paper identifies the ways in which current financial service offerings are used and deployed by women and men towards achieving their goals for wellbeing. In the context of an on-going, gendered gap in access to formal financial services the research set out to investigate how and in what ways this relates to the aspirations […]
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 […]