mobile money

What makes Zoona different: first impressions

What makes Zoona different: first impressions

This year, there are two Accion Ambassadors at Zoona in Zambia – Nile’s already explained well what Zoona does but...

1 down. 10 to go.

1 down. 10 to go.

Hello there! I just finished up my first week here in Lusaka. I’ve been fortunate enough to have an exceedingly...

Financial inclusion: it’s what’s for lunch

Financial inclusion: it’s what’s for lunch

Here’s some recent (and some other, less recent) financial inclusion media I’m consuming on my lunch break, far from Zambia (most of us...

It’s scalable! It’s revenue generating! . . . So is it a social enterprise?

It’s scalable! It’s revenue generating! . . . So is it a social enterprise?

Running the social entrepreneurship check on Zoona Try this: Google the words “Zoona” and “social enterprise” together. What do you...

How Zoona keeps it real

How Zoona keeps it real

In Nyanja, one of Zambia’s 73 official languages, Zoona means “it’s real!” or “it’s true!”—an exclamation to emphasize fact. After spending...

Seven Reasons Why Mobile Money Thrives in Zambia

Seven Reasons Why Mobile Money Thrives in Zambia

News from the Zambian front: While Americans are still gushing over Venmo — the app that allows you to move...

Banking the Unbanked: Why MNOs Should Lead the Way

Banking the Unbanked: Why MNOs Should Lead the Way

“The banking industry will suffer the same fate as the dinosaur within the next five years unless the brick-and-mortar branch...

Banking the Unbanked: Opportunities in Mobile Money

Banking the Unbanked: Opportunities in Mobile Money

“For everyone, cash is the enemy – expensive to print, hard to store and move. Dematerializing money is good for...

The Best of the 2012 Ambassadors

The Best of the 2012 Ambassadors

While most other “best of” lists usually hit the press around New Year’s, our calendar here at the Ambassadors Program...

Mobile Money and Banking (Part II): Different Strokes

Mobile Money and Banking (Part II): Different Strokes

Delivering banking services through mobile money platforms has the potential to include many previously un- and under-banked people who did...