Client Stories

The Cooperativa Financiera de Antioquia (CFA) is helping empower rural Colombian communities by offering crucial services like financial education, business development, and cooperative training in 37 municipalities. The impact of CFA's work was highlighted during Queen Máxima's visit on 26 February 2024, where the Special Advocate saw firsthand the success of local entrepreneurs.

Cultivating Prosperity: Fintech Finaktiva Partnering with Colombian Smallholders for Big Impact on Agriculture

UNSGSA Queen Máxima is pictured meeting a smallholder farmer during a field visit in the Aburrá Valley of Antioquia to learn more about a fintech supporting climate smart agriculture on 26 February 2024. Photo: Patrick van Katwijk Nestled in the Aburrá Valley… Read more

Empowering the Silver Economy: How Avista's Fintech Innovation Revitalizes Colombian Pensioners and Entrepreneurs

In Medellín, a fusion of technology and ambition is blossoming between Avista, a trailblazing fintech startup, and customers like Maria Victoria Fonnegra, a pensioner-turned-entrepreneur. Together, they spoke with UNSGSA Queen Máxima about how they are reshaping Colombia's “silver economy” (people… Read more

Enabling Quality Healthcare for Kenyans: Digital Financing Empowering Female Entrepreneurs to Better Serve Communities

UNSGSA Queen Máxima hears how ZamZam Medical Services' partnership with PharmAccess’s Medical Credit Fund (MCF) provided vital support for entrepreneurs like clinic owner Esther Muthoni Karaya with an innovative digital loan product during a field visit to… Read more

Empowering Kenyan Smallholder Farmers: Pula's Game-Changing Digital Insurance

In Kenya, Pula is pioneering agricultural transformation through strategic collaboration with banks and farming suppliers. This insure-tech company is at the forefront of illuminating innovative solutions for smallholder farmers, offering digital insurance options that shield them from the… Read more

Hello Tractor is Revolutionizing Farming and Fueling Economic Empowerment Through Digital Financing for Smallholders in Kenya

With digital financial services, ag-tech company Hello Tractor is helping smallholder farmers access and afford industrial farming equipment, drastically increasing agricultural productivity while reducing costs. Read more

Kovi’s Innovative Auto Financing Model Helping to Drive Better Financial Health in Brazil

The dream of car ownership is often out of reach for many low-income individuals and other traditionally underserved groups in Brazil. Hurdles such as lack of minimum credit scores, proof of income, and high interest fees can restrict access to financial tools like automobile loans. Kovi, an auto… Read more

Embedded Finance the Next Technology to Fuel Financial Inclusion for MSMEs in Brazil

MSMEs have long been underserved by Brazil’s traditional banks, which charge high rates of interest and require a complicated credit application process. Without the financial tools to manage their expenses, grow their business, and weather financial shocks, these economic engines of Brazil are… Read more

Microcredit, Microinsurance Help Female-Owned Bakery Business Cook up Sweet Treats in Morocco

Unable to obtain a loan for her business from a traditional bank due to insufficient credit history, Loubna Laqioud received her first loan from microfinance institution Arrawaj Foundation in 2013. She has received loans to purchase equipment and ingredients, as well as invest in marketing efforts… Read more

Moroccan Start-Up Chari Facilitating Digital Transformation and Financial Inclusion for Mom-and-Pop Shop Owners

Payment services will act as a digital onramp to the estimated 200,000 small merchants in Morocco. This is important in a county where cash remains king. Read more

In Tanzania, Low-Cost Digital Insurance Protects Farmers

Smallholder farming in Tanzania has long been a risky enterprise. The hardworking farmers who raise many of the essential crops that feed their country and the world have traditionally run their enterprises on a shoestring budget, with limited capital for buying seeds and supplies, and little or no… Read more

Protecting Women’s Health by Digitally Transforming a System of Care

In Tanzania, expectant mothers are supposed to receive free, basic prenatal care through government programs. However, there are many gaps in the system, including supply-chain challenges, limited financing, and a lack of transparency and accountability. As a result, many women find that they must… Read more

SudPay’s Tax Collection Tool Improves Public Services, Expands Inclusion

As more people in Senegal and throughout Africa use mobile phones, tools like SudPay will be critical in helping local governments offer digital services, and connecting individuals with the financial services that can improve their lives. Read more