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Dec. 17, 2014
Togo

Adjo Tapoayi is a robust 20-year-old business woman who does not let bad luck bring her down. As a YouthStart client at Faîtière des Unités Coopératives d’Epargne et de Crédit (FUCEC) Togo, she has been able to turn her life and business around thanks in part to the financial-literacy training and loan provided by FUCEC. ”I joined FUCEC almost two years ago and learned how to manage my money and gradually meet my goal of expanding my small business.”

Dec. 17, 2014
Multiple Locations

Sharing best practices and lessons learned from financial service providers developing financial services for youth is at the heart of YouthStart. To reach this goal, the YouthStart team reaches out to a wide range of stakeholders at events organized by industry associations and international organizations. Below you can read about all these events and how YouthStart connects to the wide range of stakeholders that can play a role in improving financial inclusion and creating economic opportunities for youth.

Dec. 17, 2014
Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

Before Gashaw Belaye learned about Amhara Credit and Saving Institution (ACSI), he was unsure about the services it offered, as he mistrusted banks in general. A good friend convinced him to sit in on an ACSI training session, just to find out what these bankers wanted. ”I did not know what to expect. But I am so glad I went because my life has changed since that very first session.”

Dec. 16, 2014
Dakar, SENEGAL

Last month, to celebrate the 15th Francophonie Summit, 150 women came together in Dakar, Senegal, to attend a high-level panel event on gender equality and local economic development: a local perspective to a global perspective.

Dec. 16, 2014
Marrakesh, Morocco

Between 2010 and 2050, the number of the urban population in Africa will very likely more than triple, reaching about 1.3 billion people, hence translating into a 58% urbanization rate. Urbanization will only become an asset if African cities will be able to face the challenges of implementing coherent planning policies, improve the access to basic services, promote economic development and employment, and plan for climate change resilience.

Dec. 12, 2014
TANZANIA

In Tanzania, MicroLead Expansion (MLE) is funding CARE and the Mwanga Community Bank (MCB) which are working in the Kilimanjaro region to develop and offer formal financial products and services designed for savings groups called village savings and loan associations (VSLAs).

Dec. 10, 2014
Kathmandu, NEPAL

Mr. Maha Prasad Adhikari, the Deputy Governor of Nepal Rastra Bank, inaugurated the workshop on customer centric product design organized by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) under its Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) programme, in partnership with the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB).

Dec. 09, 2014
Kathmandu, NEPAL

In Nepal only 25% customers are banked through formal channels and a large majority of close to 40% are served through informal channels like cooperatives and FINGOs, the rest are unbanked. Mainstream financial institutions are concentrated in urban areas and presence in rural and remote areas is limited. Digital Financial Services (DFS), specifically branchless banking, has the power to transform the number of unbanked people that have access to safe formal financial services in Nepal.

Dec. 09, 2014
Kathmandu, NEPAL

- In Nepal only 25% customers are banked through formal channels and a large majority of close to 40% are served through informal channels like cooperatives and FINGOs, the rest are unbanked. Mainstream financial institutions are concentrated in urban areas and presence in rural and remote areas is limited. Digital Financial Services (DFS), specifically branchless banking, has the power to transform the number of unbanked people that have access to safe formal financial services in Nepal.

Dec. 09, 2014
Kathmandu, NEPAL

In Nepal only 25% customers are banked through formal channels and a large majority of close to 40% are served through informal channels like cooperatives and FINGOs, the rest are unbanked. Mainstream financial institutions are concentrated in urban areas and presence in rural and remote areas is limited. Digital Financial Services (DFS), specifically branchless banking, has the power to transform the number of unbanked people that have access to safe formal financial services in Nepal.

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