Through our financial inclusion programming, JOA aims to reduce poverty and increase resilience through the availability and use of financial services.
There are currently 1.4 billion unbanked adults worldwide and over 90% of these people live in developing countries. Evidence shows that when people have access to useful and affordable financial products and services - including money transfers, payments, savings, credit and insurance - everyone benefits. Greater financial inclusion means that people save more; spend more on healthcare and education; start and invest in enterprises which leads to job creation; and weather unexpected shocks.
Our Financial Inclusion programme targets poor and marginalised groups in our six target countries, with a particular focus on empowering women and on improving the efficiency and profitability of agricultural value chains. Projects will seek to improve access and usage of formal and informal financial services, including through the use of digital channels and the empowerment of communities and marginalised groups to develop financial literacy and financial capability. Some of the projects we support also seek to improve cooperation and capacity among policy makers, financial institutions, mobile network operators and other stakeholders responsible for delivery and overseeing financial services.
|Mercy Corps Europe||Financial inclusion for clean cooking access||Rwanda,Sierra Leone||£1,200,000||2022||2025|
|Access to Finance Rwanda||Access to Finance Rwanda Phase III- April 2021-March 2026||Rwanda||£1,200,000||2021||2026|
|Financial Sector Deepening Zambia||Improving smallholder farmer resilience and productivity in Zambia||Zambia||£1,200,000||2021||2025|
|Toronto Leadership Centre||Building Financial Inclusion & Stability in Malawi & Nepal||Nepal,Malawi||£944,000||2020||2024|
|Opportunity International UK||Strengthening Systems for Financial Inclusion in Rural Malawi||Malawi||£1,200,000||2021||2024|
|Habitat for Humanity||Financial Inclusion for Marginalised Women in Nepal||Nepal||£999,905||2020||2024|
|Practical Action||Empowering Women Farmers with Digital Finance, Nepal||Nepal||£1,199,254||2022||2025|
|Mercy Corps Europe||Resilience And Incomes for Smallholders through Digital Financial Services (RAISE-DFS)||Ethiopia||£1,200,000||2022||2025|
|CAFOD||Women and Girls FIRST (Financial Inclusion & Resilience Strengthening)||Sierra Leone||£882,000||2021||2024|
|Restless Development International||Financial Inclusion for Women Living in Freetown's Informal Settlements||Sierra Leone||£999,437||2021||2024|
|Toronto Leadership Centre||Building Regulatory Capacity to Increase Access to Financial Services||Ethiopia,Rwanda||£1,200,000||2021||2025|
PARTNER: Habitat for Humanity
The project seeks to expand and ensure continued access to microfinance (supply-side) and build awareness and financial literacy capabilities of marginalised communities in four districts of Nepal to finance and build safer homes using microfinance loans (demand-side). Increasing financial inclusion with a focus on housing loans is crucial to help low-income women out of poverty in rural Nepal. The majority of those young women in need lack the finances to improve their homes or build new homes.
This four year project starting from 1st August 2020 has the goal to improve financial security and safer housing for low income women through increased economic empowerment and the availability of affordable financial services including housing loans. Capitalizing on ongoing efforts, this project will contribute to an uptake of 112,000 housing loans by marginalised, low-income women by 2024.
The project aims to achieve two key outcomes over the course of the four years:
1) Low-income families have increased capacity and awareness on how to access microfinance loans for financing and planning their home improvements.
2) MFIs have increased capacity to offer client-centric housing loans that meet the needs of clients from marginalised, low-income communities.
“Such Financial Literacy and Safe Shelter training encourages poor persons like me to engage with work that can increase our income and ultimately help to improve the financial status of our family’s. It is truly the first step towards having a successful future.”
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