Improving Access to Banking: Evidence from Kenya
58 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2018
Date Written: December 2018
We explore the relationship between bank branch expansion, financial inclusion and profitability for Equity Bank. Unlike traditional banks in Kenya, Equity Bank pursues branching strategies that target underserved territories and less privileged households. Its presence has a positive and significant impact on households’ access to bank accounts and credit. It increased financial inclusion by 31 percent of the adult population between 2006 and 2015. Access is especially improved for Kenyans who are less educated, do not own their own home and live in less-developed areas. Equity Bank’s business model proves to be profitable both at bank and branch level.
Keywords: Equity Bank, bank penetration, bank account, microfinance
JEL Classification: G2; O1; R2.
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