Mobile Money Services coming to Haiti

Mobile Money Services coming to Haiti
It has been almost 5 months since the deviating earthquake that brought Haiti to its knees, and the rebuilding process is still on going. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced a $10 million incentive fund to jumpstart financial services by mobile phones in Haiti and to help expedite the delivery of cash assistance by humanitarian agencies. This initiative lays the foundation for advanced banking services that could help millions of Haitians lift themselves out of extreme poverty. This will allow Haitians to send, receive, and store money using their mobile phones, as only 10% of the population has ever used a commercial bank. The fund will offer cash awards to companies that initiate mobile financial services in Haiti. The first company to launch a mobile money service that meets certain criteria in the next six months will receive $2.5 million. The second operator to launch and reach these benchmarks within 12 months will receive $1.5 million. Another $6 million will be awarded as the first 5 million transactions take place, divided accordingly between those operators that contributed to the total number of transactions. In the short term, mobile money services have the potential to accelerate Haiti’s recovery as more than one-third of the country’s bank branches, ATMs, and money transfer stations are not operational. In the long term, mobile money could help millions of Haitians improve their lives through easy access to savings accounts and other financial services.

source: gatesfoundation via cellular news

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3 Comments

1. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Seems like the right steps are being taken...Good!

2. Hotzb22

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

wow im happy to hear this

3. pingpong

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Bill Gates FTW.

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