Growing a microenterprise through social commerce and digital payments
As part of the i3 Program in Vietnam, we met Nguyen Huong, a micro-entrepreneur in Vung Tau. Huong’s story is a perfect example of the journey of women-led MSMEs who utilized social media and digital payments to keep their businesses in operation during COVID-19.
Enabling the community to embrace digital payments as the new normal after the COVID-19 pandemic
Since the onset of the pandemic, the low- and moderate-income (LMI) segment had a direct impact on their day-to-day life. We reflect through Kabita, an LMI customer in Bangladesh, on the barriers LMIs faced during the pandemic and how DFS nudged them towards building resilience.
Analysis of India’s payment system indicators in Q2 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed many users to adopt digital payments as they seek convenience and safety. MSC’s analysis of five categories of payment systems indicators in India indicates that these systems are dependable, durable, and command the mass market’s confidence.
Coping with COVID-19 – A demand-side view from Uganda
MSC conducted a research study to assess what the low- and middle-income (LMI) segments in Uganda understand about COVID-19 in terms of awareness, preventive measures being taken, gender dynamics at play in their households, and the use of digital financial services during this time. We present our findings in this report.
Responses to the financial impacts of COVID-19 through social cash transfers and digital payment infrastructure
The financial impact of COVID-19 has been hitting the poor. Governments are adjusting cash transfer programs and utilizing national payment systems to mitigate these negative impacts. This blog reviews responses from Latin America, Asia and Sub Saharan Africa where governments with limited resources are coming up with innovative solutions to the crisis.