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Mobile Phone “Currency” Accelerates Microlending in Kenya

| Tuesday September 27th, 2005 | 5 Comments

moneybag.jpgMost of the world’s poor remain so because access to credit is denied. Microlending has helped revolutionize credit, but it’s the beginning. Now, small merchants in Kenya can use pre-paid phone cards in cell phones to call suppliers with orders. In addition, the telecom operator allows a transfer of funds from the pre-paid card to another subscriber.
Voila, 21st century funds transfer helps accelerate commerce among Kenya’s poorest. “Many people think it’s repugnant to make profits out of poor people, but having seen Kenyan poverty at work, I don’t agree,” says strategy guru C.K. Prahalad about the development. More on BBC News.
(This article contributed by Ken Chung)


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