FSD Kenya set out to explore ways of using finance to build livelihoods of poor households in Kitui. The survey identified indigenous poultry and pulses as the agriculture value chains with the greatest opportunity for low-income households.
Education is the top priority for Kenyans according to FinAccess Household Survey 2019. Poor households particularly attach high value to educating their children. Education is only second to putting food on the table for such households. They see investing in the future of their children as the means to changing the trajectory of their lives. […]
Financial inclusion has attracted enormous interest because of its promise to provide an instrument for economic and social empowerment. Initial thinking was that simply expanding the reach of the financial sector would produce financial tools to support greater economic and social inclusion. But the results thus far have been disappointing. The origins of financial […]
While both Kenya and Tanzania registered fast uptake of digital credit, a new study by FSD Kenya and CGAP with almost 8000 individuals found considerable differences as well as similarities in the adoption and use of digital credit in the two countries.
There is a sense of progression and increased empowerment among participants of the Building Livelihoods programme that is associated in part with changing meanings of identities such as woman, widow, old, disabled, and illiterate.
Business people are more easily able to educate their children, they have more livestock, and they wear nicer clothes. Because they are seen to have more, they are expected to help more in the form of handouts, goods on credit, and sometimes knowledge sharing.