Banking the Poor Through Everyday Stores
December 3, 2010
Innovations, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 2011
This paper reviews the opportunities and strategic choices facing banks considering branchless banking options. Technology, and in particular the spread of real-time mobile communications networks, permits financial service providers to delegate 'last mile' cash management and customer servicing functions to third-party retail outlets. By making basic deposit, withdrawal, and payment functions available securely through retail shops that exist in every village and neighborhood, there is an opportunity to dramatically increase the physical footprint of financial service providers in developing countries and to transform the basic economics of low-balance savings.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: Branchless Banking, Financial Access, Financial Inclusion, Microfinance
Date posted: December 4, 2010 ; Last revised: June 28, 2011