New maps show access to financial services in rural Bolivia, Guatemala, and Peru
Today MIX released the India Map of Financial Inclusion (http://maps.mixmarket.org/india/) to help funders, policymakers, and practitioners obtain an integrated view of the state of financial inclusion in India and draw insights to influence investment in the sector, inform policy decisions, and, ultimately, produce better outcomes for the poor.
Kenya has been among the most frequently-cited countries in discussions of financial inclusion, especially surrounding the rise of mobile money. Given this rapid change, what types of financial services does someone in Kenya have access to today? Is there equal access throughout the country or is it concentrated or missing in certain areas?
The South Africa Map of Financial Inclusion maps data on more than 40,000 points of service in South Africa, covering a wider range of providers than in any other survey of the market. The data goes beyond commercial banks and MFIs to cover pawnshops, cash loan providers, retailers and all types of credit providers in the market. The map integrates data on population, and surveys on poverty and financial access to put the locations of these providers in context.