Reimagining the Unbanked: Perspectives from South Africa

February 2010
By Daryl Collins & Jonathan Morduch 

Reimagining the Unbanked: Perspectives from South Africa
Attempts to broaden financial access in poor communities usually take one of two directions. The first is providing credit to small- scale microenterprises, an idea pioneered by Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank. The second involves fostering long-term saving for education, housing, or other worthy goals. But low-income families usually have a more fundamental financial need, one that families often pay dearly for: basic, reliable ways to manage cash flow.