Posts by Delia Harrington

Expanding Access to Capital for Small Businesses in Peru through Fintech

By Matthieu Albrieux We met Maria, a corner shop owner in Chorillos, a popular neighborhood in south Lima, as she...

Paarul Dudeja Accion Venture Lab Director of Asia Investments

Introducing Paarul Dudeja, Venture Lab’s Director of Asia Investments

By Vikas Raj We recently welcomed Paarul Dudeja to the Accion Venture Lab team. As Director of Asia Investments, Paarul...

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Smart Contracts and Blockchain: What Happens if the Blockchain Breaks?

By Tess Johnson When you receive a chain letter, it usually promises that you will receive great rewards, but only if...

Kenyan Startups Creatively Bring Capital to MSMEs

By Nancy Widjaja Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Kenya face an estimated US$2-5 billion funding gap, representing one...

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What I Learned at LendIt

By Michael Schlein Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at LendIt, an annual gathering which brings together venture...

International Women’s Day: School Fees Instead of High Interest Loans

International Women’s Day: School Fees Instead of High Interest Loans

This year for International Women’s Day, we are sharing the story of Daw Thein Thein Win, a client of DAWN...

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Mobile Money in Myanmar: Going Directly from Cash to Digital

By Jason Loughnane In 2011, a SIM card in Myanmar cost $1,500 and mobile phones were used by less than...

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Demonetization: Behavioral Economics Working Towards Financial Inclusion in India

By Adelina Dasso In November, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetization of 86% of the currency in circulation....

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Kopo Kopo: Building on the Rails of Mobile Money in Kenya

By Nancy Widjaja The seventh episode of VentureKast, Accion Venture Lab’s podcast series, is a conversation between host Vikas Raj...

Fintech for Financial Inclusion in Latin America: A Reflection from Credit Suisse’s Latin America Investment Conference

Fintech for Financial Inclusion in Latin America: A Reflection from Credit Suisse’s Latin America Investment Conference

By Tahira Dosani Last week I had the opportunity to participate in Credit Suisse’s 2017 Latin America Investment Conference (LAIC)...