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Visa Innovation 
Grants 2013 
Advancing financial inclusion 
with electronic payments
5 grants, $100k each 
to support innovations 
in e-payments 
IFRC 
Latin America & 
Caribbean 
Mercy Corps 
Indonesia 
Agr...
Introducing a more efficient, secure 
mobile money transfer system 
for smallholder rice farmers in Ghana
on Tigo Cash 
payment 
mechanism 
722 
farmers 
trained 
606 
farmers 
registered 
& activated 
12 
agents 
recruited & 
t...
“I am personally satisfied with the Tigo Cash payment system and have seen that the other farmers have embraced it as well...
Developing a health credit card 
to improve access to health 
providers and health education 
for Ecuador’s poorest
photo credit: FFH 
an initiative with the potential 
to impact 4,000 MFI clients & 
their ~14,000 family members
“I feel supported and have peace of mind, because I know that when I have a medical emergency and have no cash, this will ...
Implementing a regional pre-paid debit card 
system to increase cost efficiency, speed & 
impact of humanitarian assistanc...
Is cash transfer programming the 
future of humanitarian response? 
Advocacy, training and 
technical support on use of 
c...
“Indeed it is no longer 
a question of whether we 
do cash-based programming, 
but how to make this a more 
systematic mec...
Offering Indonesian smallholder farmers 
digital payment services to improve 
productivity & profits photo credit: 
Mercy ...
The AgriPay program is deploying an online 
banking system called AndaraLink to enable 
farmer cooperatives to deliver 
di...
2,500 direct beneficiaries 
(30% women) & 
12,500 indirect to date 
within 5 years, it’s anticipated 
that there will be a...
Implementing a mobile incentive program 
to improve the health of mothers & children, 
while providing secure & reliable p...
photo credit: Bill Okaka 
Use of Dimagi 
CommCare app 
to empower 
community health 
workers around 
the management 
of he...
...resulting in increases in reporting, services offered, household visits made 
& increased 
transparency and 
quality of...
since June ‘14, 
the community of 
mothers supported 
by the program has 
grown by 26% 
the # of vulnerable 
children rece...
“It’s an awesome experience seeing 
my clients be able to estimate 
their due dates. The visits are well 
pre-determined a...
paymentinnovations@nethope.org 
www.solutionscenter.nethope.org/programs/payment-innovation
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Visa Innovation Grants 2013: Advancing Financial Inclusion with Electronic Payments

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In 2013, Visa launched the Visa Innovation Grants program in partnership with NetHope, awarding five grants of $100,000 to leading non-profit humanitarian and development organizations in support of the innovative use and adoption of electronic transfers and/or payments within programs and organizations. This presentation offers a snapshot of the winners -- Agribusiness Systems International, Freedom from Hunger, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Mercy Corps and Pathfinder International -- with projects relating to agricultural finance, emergency relief and health all around the world.

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Visa Innovation Grants 2013: Advancing Financial Inclusion with Electronic Payments

  1. 1. Visa Innovation Grants 2013 Advancing financial inclusion with electronic payments
  2. 2. 5 grants, $100k each to support innovations in e-payments IFRC Latin America & Caribbean Mercy Corps Indonesia Agribusiness Systems Intl. Ghana Freedom from Hunger Ecuador Pathfinder Intl. Kenya
  3. 3. Introducing a more efficient, secure mobile money transfer system for smallholder rice farmers in Ghana
  4. 4. on Tigo Cash payment mechanism 722 farmers trained 606 farmers registered & activated 12 agents recruited & trained photo credit: ASI
  5. 5. “I am personally satisfied with the Tigo Cash payment system and have seen that the other farmers have embraced it as well. I’m ensured timely payment of my sales and can safely move around with my money without any fear of getting robbed. I can also send money to my brother and sisters.” - Eric Glatse, participating farmer photo credit: ASI
  6. 6. Developing a health credit card to improve access to health providers and health education for Ecuador’s poorest
  7. 7. photo credit: FFH an initiative with the potential to impact 4,000 MFI clients & their ~14,000 family members
  8. 8. “I feel supported and have peace of mind, because I know that when I have a medical emergency and have no cash, this will help me receive the medical attention I need for me and my family.” - A survey respondent from the city of Guayaquil
  9. 9. Implementing a regional pre-paid debit card system to increase cost efficiency, speed & impact of humanitarian assistance in the Americas
  10. 10. Is cash transfer programming the future of humanitarian response? Advocacy, training and technical support on use of cash transfers has increased acceptance of using cash in place of or alongside in-kind assistance and increased acceptance of use of an e-payments system to deliver aid
  11. 11. “Indeed it is no longer a question of whether we do cash-based programming, but how to make this a more systematic mechanism in our responses.” - Scott DiPretoro, Disaster Management Delegate
  12. 12. Offering Indonesian smallholder farmers digital payment services to improve productivity & profits photo credit: Mercy Corps Indonesia
  13. 13. The AgriPay program is deploying an online banking system called AndaraLink to enable farmer cooperatives to deliver digital financial services to customers throughout Indonesia
  14. 14. 2,500 direct beneficiaries (30% women) & 12,500 indirect to date within 5 years, it’s anticipated that there will be at least 500 participating MFIs and 1.2 million indirect beneficiaries making more than 3 million transactions per year
  15. 15. Implementing a mobile incentive program to improve the health of mothers & children, while providing secure & reliable payments to community health workers photo credit: Bill Okaka
  16. 16. photo credit: Bill Okaka Use of Dimagi CommCare app to empower community health workers around the management of health information
  17. 17. ...resulting in increases in reporting, services offered, household visits made & increased transparency and quality of health services photo credit: Sala Lewis
  18. 18. since June ‘14, the community of mothers supported by the program has grown by 26% the # of vulnerable children receiving care has increased by 18% photo credit: Sala Lewis
  19. 19. “It’s an awesome experience seeing my clients be able to estimate their due dates. The visits are well pre-determined and follow-up has been made efficient. I’m grateful for this great innovation in reporting.” - Agnes Kazungu, CHW photo credit: Sala Lewis
  20. 20. paymentinnovations@nethope.org www.solutionscenter.nethope.org/programs/payment-innovation

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