The ICT Funding Gap in Kenya

 The Missing Middle While capital has flowed rapidly to satisfy the needs of the largest and — thanks to the microfinance boom – the smallest African companies, SMEs have fallen into a “missing middle.” SMEs in the missing middle are starving for capital. They are too large for micro-finance institutions, too small for main-stream private […]

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M-Kesho: The Future is Mobile Microfinance

The latest buzz in Kenya is all about M-Kesho, a revolutionary service launched by Kenya’s leading mobile service provider, Safaricom and Equity bank, a bank that has a reputation for offering banking services to the common ‘mwananchi’ (ordinary citizen). The two have partnered to launch the mobile service that opens up banking to the masses […]

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Ken Banks (FrontlineSMS) Part 4

This is the last in a series of interview posts from a discussion with Ken Banks, the founder of Kiwanja.net and FrontlineSMS. In the first part of the interview, Ken gave us some of his background and how he came to get involved with mobile technology and how the FrontlineSMS project began. In the second […]

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Ken Banks (FrontlineSMS) Part 3

In the third part of our interview with Ken Banks, founder of Kiwanja.net and FrontlineSMS, we continue our discussion about FrontlineSMS. This time we discuss about projects such as FrontlineSMS:Medic and FrontlineSMS:Credit which are specific applications of FrontlineSMS to ‘vertical’ scenarios such as medicine and informal banking. In the first part of the interview, Ken […]

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