This research brief summarizes findings from 3 published papers looking at how M-PESA has affected the lives of Kenyans. It explores how reductions in transaction costs through M-PESA has enabled Kenyans to be more resilient in coping with the consequences of unexpected income shocks. These findings are based on the 2008-2014 M-PESA household panel survey conducted […]
This paper examines the factors that make cash ‘sticky’ in the increasingly digitised Kenyan financial landscapes. On the one hand, it discusses the mismatch between assumptions implicit in the financial inclusion discourse and ideas of saving, accumulation and money enshrined in local financial practices, and provides an overview of the current digital payment situation in […]
A major gap in the ability of formal financial services to deliver value for low-income families is a general lack of information and understanding of their preferences, behaviours and needs. To address this gap, FSD Kenya in partnership with BFA and Digital Divide Data undertook a Financial Diaries study between 2012 and 2013. The Kenya Financial Diaries tracked […]
In this presentation, MicroSave’s Head of Digital Financial Services Mike McCaffrey highlights that one of the largest barriers to daily transactions in the agent network is high proliferation of agents especially in Nairobi. He also noted that even though Kenyan mobile money agents generate the highest transactions in East Africa, they also earn the least from […]
This report provides an overview of M-Shwari and answers three core questions: What is M-Shwari and how does it work? Who are M-Shwari customers and how are they using the product? Why are customers using (or not using) M-Shwari? The report concludes with an exploration of the broader implications of products like M-Shwari, including: How will “big […]
M-BIMA is Kenya insurance firm CIC’s 12 year endowment product that combines savings with a life and disability cover. Payments and claims are settled through M-PESA. Subscribers send contributions from as low as ksh.20/- per day through their mobile phones at no transaction costs.
SOKO (formerly SasaAfrica), is an e-commerce platform that promotes more equitable and distributed international trade by connecting offline artisans in the developing world to online global consumers. Vendors, with no need for the internet, create personal online storefronts and populate them with product information and images with the use of SOKO’s accessible SMS-based mobile phone […]