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How We Work Rural Outreach

Learn how our innovative technologies and an expanding network help families in remote areas leave poverty behind.

In developing countries, families living in rural and remote areas are often the poorest. Geographically isolated, they’re also less likely to have access to any interventions or opportunities to leave poverty behind. The nearest city may be days away.

But it’s often these families who need us the most. Using technology and innovative approaches to operations, you can help bring a hand up to families in rural areas, no matter the distance.

Here’s how…

  • Hub-and-spoke operations establish ‘hub’ microfinance branches in trade centres and surround them with smaller, lower-cost ‘spoke’ branches in nearby rural communities. Whether full service, mobile or satellite kiosks, these spoke branches bring hope and opportunities to families who have no other way to get ahead.
  • Mobile banking vans travel into remote areas to bring microfinance to rural communities, giving a hand up to people like Amos.
  • Electronic banking including mobile banking, ATMs and point-of-sale devices allow rural families to conveniently access funds in a variety of easy-to-reach locations. Outreach is extended without the cost of establishing full branches.

In an isolated area of West Timor, Amos supports his wife Yumince and their three  children with a small farm. Totally dependent on the plot of land, Amos’ income  fluctuates throughout the year – sometimes there isn’t enough money to even  afford the basics like clean water. A visiting mobile banking van has enabled Amos   to open his first savings account, helping him put money away to provide for his  family in the low season.

In an isolated area of West Timor, Amos supports his wife Yumince and their three children with a small farm. Totally dependent on the plot of land, Amos’ income fluctuates throughout the year – sometimes there isn’t enough money to even afford the basics like clean water. A visiting mobile banking van has enabled Amos to open his first savings account, helping him put money away to provide for his family in the low season.

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