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The tea bonus: a blessing or a growing dependency? Tea farmers from Embu tell their story

This year, the price of a kilo of tea reached a five-year high. Every October, tea farmers in Kenya receive a “tea bonus”; the second lump sum payment for tea delivered to the Kenya Tea Development Authority (KTDA) during the year. The first lump sum, the “mini bonus”, is paid each April.

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Consumer insights
Informal sector

Finance & fortune

How exactly do financial services impact low income Kenyans? In this note, we extract the stories of eight respondent households from the Financial Diaries.

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Consumer insights
Informal sector

Small “b” biashara

Self-employment is a major source of income for low income Kenyans, and Financial Diaries respondents are no exception. When we talked to respondents in 2015, two years after the close of the original Diaries, those whose economic lives were improving pointed to business returns as one of the main drivers of their success.

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Informal sector

Informal vs formal: The need for financial services to complement, not compete

Our third “Field Friday” exercise reveals lessons for formal financial service providers to learn from informal services.

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Consumer insights
Informal sector

Trickling down & climbing up

In late 2015, we followed up with Financial Diaries households to check in on their economic lives two years after the initial Diaries study ended. We wanted to know how they are doing now, the factors driving changes in their economic lives, and the role that financial services and financial choices were playing in their economic trajectories.

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Informal sector

Transparency in finance: Is it a matter of life and death?

Financial institutions play a key role in enhancing trust in the financial system

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FinAccess
Informal sector

The 2016 FinAccess household survey

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Events
Informal sector

The 2016 FinAccess household survey

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FinAccess
Informal sector

The mobile money revolution in Kenya

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The use of M-Shwari in the jua kali sector
Consumer insights
Informal sector

The use of M-Shwari in the jua kali sector

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Replicating how the poor manage their money, digitally

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