It is almost impossible for people to get out of poverty when everything has to be done in cash, and have limited access to other financial services like credit, insurance, etc…
People can only send money electronically to others who have an account with the same mobile company.
All mobile money providers and banks need to be connected together, so people can transact with anyone else: sending money, payroll, bills.
It’s not possible to make tiny purchases electronically, so cash is needed for almost everything.
Tiny purchases must be able to be done cheaply and easily electronically. Physical cash would then no longer be necessary.
Access to other financial services like micro-credit and insurance are costly, if available at all.
Other financial services should also be available electronically, increasing access and reducing costs: micro-credit, insurance.
What is needed is interoperability: the connecting of different systems together to facilitate transactions and services.
Most important is the Mobile Money providers and banks to be connected to each other to facilitate financial transactions: sending funds, payroll, bill payments, and micro-purchases. This could extend to international remittance.
If this interoperability infrastructure can also accommodate other organizations, then an ever widening range of other services could become available. For example, governments, utilities, MFIs and insurers.
There are many challenges specific to fiancial transaction that have to be considered in any interoperable infrastructure. This includes things like transaction integrity, transaction liability, dispute resolution and fraud prevention. It is also important to consider the specific needs of people and organizations in each country, how to integrate existing financial infrastructure, and also all appropriate regulations.
Our team has the range and depth of expertise to be able to have a real impact, and the drive to make a difference.
WCCN empowers low-income Latin American entrepreneurs by sustaining partnerships with Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) and Fair Trade Agriculture Organizations in Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru.
We are an extreme poverty alleviation organization that focuses on building skills, capacities and leadership of the rural poor so that entire communities can break the cycle of poverty. We currently work in countries such as: Nepal, Guatemala, Bolivia, Mexico, Kenya, Peru and Ecuador.