Savings Groups and Women’s Financial Inclusion

Join us in celebrating International Women’s Day 2018!

Through our #PressforProgress campaign, we are proud to share information about our partnerships that are supporting women’s economic empowerment in a variety of ways.

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The SEEP Network is a collaborative learning network that supports strategies for vulnerable populations, especially women, to participate in markets and improve their quality of life. FSD Africa has partnered with SEEP to build and apply knowledge and evidence on savings groups in order to improve the ability of these groups to reduce vulnerability and enhance access to economic opportunities amongst their members, especially women and the rural poor.  Research shows that savings groups contribute towards women’s economic empowerment by expanding access to basic financial services and support networks. They serve as a means for women in marginalised environments to smooth out uneven cash flows and become more resilient to shocks.

To learn more on how saving groups have enhanced women’s financial inclusion, read this briefing note by David Panetta from the SEEP Network.

Elizabeth Kiamba, is the Assistant Manager, Inclusive Finance at FSD Africa.

For questions/comments, she can be reached on She tweets at @muneekiamba. 


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