Turning Interest Into Savings

Low-income households are often trapped in a "debt-cycle": They borrow to cover necessary expenses, repay the loan with their subsequent income, then borrow again because they have nothing remaining after repayment. Inconsistent income and seasonality, especially for farmers, makes borrowing attractive at the time of necessity. However, the associated interest costs may stifle the chances for the borrower to accumulate savings. Piyush Tantia from ideas42 discusses the case study, "Turning Interest into Savings," which describes the design, implementation and results of piloting a debt-to-savings product in India.