FINCA Uganda establishes a new fintech innovation partnership with SafeBoda to expand financial inclusion in Uganda. Motorcycle taxi riders will be offered access to mobile savings and credit products.
FINCA Impact Finance has entered into a USD 20 million loan facility with the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund (BOMF) and Microfinance Enhancement Facility S.A., SICAV-SIF (MEF). The facility will help FIF better manage liquidity throughout its global network of 20 microfinance banks and institutions.
FINCA Impact Finance opened its doors in Kosovo in 2000 to advance the mission of expanding financial inclusion to help individuals, families and communities recover from the war. This year FINCA Impact Finance won the Silver Telly Award for Rebuilding Kosovo: One Loan at a Time, a video highlighting the role of financial inclusion in the country’s recovery.
FINCA DRC announced a USD 8.5 million long-term subordinated loan facility with KfW, the German state-owned development bank. The facility will enable FINCA to advance its digital transformation and broaden its offering of innovative financial products and services.
FINCA provides business loans for women entrepreneurs along with other gender-sensitive finance services to help close the gender gap in financial access. In 2018, the company opened a women-only bank branch in Afghanistan and launched a new loan for women entrepreneurs in Kosovo.
Improved risk management is necessary to achieve responsible financial inclusion. That’s why FINCA Impact Finance joined an alliance of over 50 fintech investors and digital finance innovators in launching the Guidelines for Investing in Responsible Digital Financial Services.
2017 was a turnaround year for FINCA Impact Finance. The company returned to profitability while launching new initiatives in client protection, Fintech, mobile banking and data analytics, among others.
When used intentionally, Fintech innovation can help encourage saving. In Tanzania, FINCA launched HaloYako, a mobile banking product that allows clients to open a savings account in minutes–and manage their savings entirely virtually.
FINCA Impact Finance officially launched its first women-only bank branch in Afghanistan on April 7. The branch is staffed by an all-female team of financial professionals. Located in Kabul, it will exclusively serve female clientele.
FINCA Impact Finance is using Fintech innovation to expand financial inclusion in Pakistan, a country where only 21% of adults have a formal bank account. In 2017, FINCA Pakistan launched SimSim, a free mobile e-wallet that already has more than 170,000 users.
Deetken Impact will provide a USD 1 million loan to FINCA Haiti SA for on-lending to individual, micro, small- and medium-sized businesses. The funds will support FINCA Haiti SA to grow its network of branches and digital financial services, including gender-sensitive financial products.