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Retail innovations
December 2015


BitPesa is a bitcoin remittances and trading platform for Africa. There most popular product in Kenya is the Bitcoin to Kenyan Shilling (KES) remittance product, though they’ve also started the sale of Bitcoin in Kenya and Ghana.  According to their website, BitPesa has a team of 9 full-time employees, and recently closed a follow-on round of $1.1M. The November funding round brought […]

December 2015

Kenya Financial Diaries 2012-2013: Socio-economic and demographic datasets

This data pack contains several files (in .csv and .dta formats) with information collected about households and household members participating in the 2012-2013 Kenya Financial Diaries study. Data captured during interviews are available on housing characteristics, ownership of assets, demographics, educational attainment, well-being, goings-on and consumption from own production.  In addition, several auxiliary datasets with custom indicators on income, […]

Retail innovations
August 2015


Wave enables one to instantly send money to East Africa directly into the recipient’s mobile money account in. Wave charges no fees to send money and displays live price comparisons to competitors in the app.Currently, it is free to send money from the US and Canada.