The primary goal of this research study is to investigate the use and impact of mobile money services (e.g. MPESA and Zap) as a tool for poverty reduction in Eastern Kenya. With support from NEPAD, Vinya wa Aka Group (VWAG) – an urban-based women’s group in Nairobi – has trained 21 women’s groups in the rural parts of Eastern Kenya on issues of investment, savings, money services and management. As part of that training, each group outlined a strategy for resource mobilization, savings and investment with the aim of reducing poverty within their families and communities. This study will build on that training and investigate each group’s level of use and, if any, the impact of the mobile money services.
Ndunge Kiiti, Jane Mutinda, Philomena Muiruri
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