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October 2014

An ethnographic study of local institutionalisation of savings groups in Malanga, Coast region

This brief presents findings from ethnographic research in a rural area of Malindi District in Kenya’s Coast region. The study explored the local institutionalisation of savings groups implemented by Catholic Relief Services as part of their Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) programme. The study was commissioned by the Financial Sector Deepening Trust Kenya and […]

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Retail innovations
August 2015

e-Kit app

The Savings Group (SG) e-kit is an android-based application that has electronic training materials on the SG methodology and operation. It contains five lessons in the form of interactive videos, each with an accompanying quiz on the key concepts covered.  The five lessons should be sufficient to allow group formation and operation without the need […]

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Retail innovations
August 2015

e-Recording app

The Savings Group (SG) e-Recording app is an android-based application built to improve the quality and speed of data capture for SGs while enhancing transparency and security of the data, and providing a convenient and reliable solution to SG recording. It is used to record all the transactions of a savings group. It also captures […]

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Retail innovations
August 2015

Chamasoft

Chamasoft is a simple to use web and mobile application which helps investment groups and chamas to manage all their group activities and communications. Chamasoft allows groups to automate and monitor their financial records. It performs the following functions: Membership Management. Bank Account Management Financial Management Loan Management Expense Management Project Management Reports One time […]

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Retail innovations
August 2015

ChamaPesa

ChamaPesa gives savings clubs (chamas) the tools to issue and manage financial instruments which their members can access from their phones, with good governance at low cost. ChamaPesa enable financial inclusion for people at the base of the pyramid. It enables these Chamas to better manage their savings with good governance and transparency for the […]

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May 2013

Saving for change: Financial inclusion and resilience for the world’s poorest people

Three-quarters of the world’s poorest people do not have a formal bank account. With few viable means to save, these individuals and their families are vulnerable to life-threatening hardships. Community-based savings groups are designed to provide a mechanism for resilience. Jointly, Oxfam America and Freedom from Hunger commissioned the largest study to date to evaluate […]