FSD Kenya publications cover a wide range of topics relevant to financial inclusion, encompassing in-depth reports, research and project briefs, technical notes , ‘how to’ guides, presentations and our annual reports and newsletters.
The objective of this study was to identify the impacts of savings groups on economic, social, and political institutions. The study was conducted over 8 weeks across three cities in western and coastal Kenya using qualitative methods.
Cash is an expensive financial instrument. Because it is physical, it must physically change hands, be aggregated, moved over space, and protected from theft both in small and large values. All of this – transportation, processing time, security, and the need for physical storage – entails costs. Electronic payment systems represent what could be a […]
“You are finally a real bank.” This quote from a customer exemplifies the deep change that Postbank has undergone, moving from an antiquated passbook system into the modern world of cards and point of sale devices. It has been a challenging journey, both internally and externally. As Postbank has sought to professionalise within, the competitive […]
In November 2009 the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and the Financial Sector Deepening Trust Kenya (FSD Kenya) provided a total of USD 540,000 to Mobile Ventures Kenya Limited (MVK) to enable MVK to pilot an innovative savings product delivered through the mobile channel. The product is Jipange KuSave (meaning “plan or organise […]
M-PESA agents and, increasingly, the agents of other mobile money schemes and banks are everywhere. The most striking thing about mobile money in Kenya is how visible it is: the proliferation of store signage leaves no one with any doubt that something big is happening in the Kenyan payment space. It is estimated that three […]
In September 2011, FSD Kenya conducted a short study of savings groups created under the Community Savings and Loans (COSALO I) project, funded by FSD and implemented by CARE International in Kenya. 54 groups were representatively selected from about 2,500 groups created in Nyamira and Rachuonyo regions by franchisees and faith-based organizations. The purpose of […]