Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
The MasterCard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. As one of the largest, independent foundations, its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion in order to alleviate poverty. Based in Toronto, Canada, its independence was established by MasterCard when the Foundation was created in 2006. For more information, please visit www.mastercardfdn.org or follow us on Twitter @MCFoundation.
This research study is one of a series of studies sponsored by the Aga Khan Foundation and the MasterCard Foundation to examine how SGs are used as platforms for development activities and how linkages to other services take place. It considers how financial services combined with other development activities add value for individuals, groups, and the community. The initiative also explores the sustainability and reliability of SGs, thus examining long term access to financial services for the poor.
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