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More than Microfinance: Financial Literacy in India

By Usha Gopinath In the village of Sarai Kaji outside the city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India, a woman...

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Inside the US Treasury 2015 Forum on Financial Inclusion

Last week, Venture Lab Managing Director Paul Breloff, Center for Financial Inclusion Managing Director Beth Rhyne, and I attended the...

Three things I ‘re-learned’ as an Ambassador at Swadhaar in Mumbai

Three things I ‘re-learned’ as an Ambassador at Swadhaar in Mumbai

While at first I felt as though my time in Mumbai, serving as an Accion Ambassador at Swadhaar FinAccess, had...

Going Old School: bricks, mortar and financial inclusion

Going Old School: bricks, mortar and financial inclusion

In a world where technology is radically reshaping the landscape of financial inclusion, is there still a need for brick...

The Blonde Giveaway – commuting and working in Mumbai

The Blonde Giveaway – commuting and working in Mumbai

My first day of work as an Accion Ambassador at Swadhaar FinAccess felt like kindergarten all over again. I was...

Swadhaar FinAccess: New Tools to Help More People

Swadhaar FinAccess: New Tools to Help More People

After arriving in Mumbai and getting used to the city for one day, I was ready to go to Swadhaar FinAccess...

The women behind Swadhaar FinAccess – and the challenges they face

The women behind Swadhaar FinAccess – and the challenges they face

Last Thursday morning, I had the opportunity to go on a field visit as part of my role as an Ambassador...

The Technologically Integrated Moral of the Story…

The Technologically Integrated Moral of the Story…

Storytelling has been an integral part of Indian culture for generations and is a popular performing art across the country — each...

Adopting a new technology: Sangita’s story

Adopting a new technology: Sangita’s story

Another training session begins with new clients at the Borivali branch of Swadhaar. Thirteen women are again sitting on mats on...

The stuff that doesn’t get lost in translation

The stuff that doesn’t get lost in translation

I came to India to document the stories of the women entrepreneurs I would eventually meet; but what I left...