Benefits of Mobile Data Collection in Financial Inclusion
Featured CommCare-Based Financial Inclusion Projects
USAID – Mobilise! Project
Dimagi is the recipient of a direct award from USAID in India. The Mobilise! Project aims to design a primary health care system-led response to domestic violence and to develop recommendations for how such a response can be supported through mobile technology. Female users of the application can access modules built to support them in improving their knowledge on empowerment related topics, specifically financial empowerment. Saving Money, the mobile application we developed in Hindi and English, contains different media-based modules to help them with specific financial planning advice, including Financial Empowerment and Setting saving goals.
UNCDF – CommBanane Project
In 2019, Dimagi was granted funding by United Nations Capital Development Funds (UNCDF) to build a business case for Financial Services Providers (FSPs) like Baobab in Senegal to further develop, test, and validate our service offerings and data products targeting smallholders farmers, specifically on banana crops.
UNCDF wanted to explore how data-driven decision making and new dimensions of information could reduce the risk of lending to the youth segment, in particular those working in agriculture, by providing alternatives for those who do not have traditional credit records. UNCDF has partnered with Dimagi and Baobab Sénégal (BS) to pilot the CommBanane application in the banana value chain to reduce the information asymmetry between agro cooperatives and FSPs when it comes to lending decisions. CommBanane has reached up to 500 smallholders farmers active in the banana value chain in rural Senegal. The cooperatives have been able to track their business records and accessed specific credit services adapted to their needs. Baobab Senegal has been able to assess the loan requests through our web platform, allowing better visibility on their lending decision making while reducing operational costs.
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