Mobile Money Services and Poverty Reduction: A Study of Women
s Groups in Rural Eastern Kenya
by Dr. Ndunge Kiiti, Houghton College (New York)& Dr. Jane Mutinda, Kenyatta University (Kenya)
With support rom the New Partnership or Arican Development (NEPAD), Vinya wa Aka Group(VwAG), a women’s group rom the Eastern part o Kenya, has trained 21 women’s groups, in sevenrural districts o the Province, on issues related to investment, savings, money services and man-agement. As part o that training, each group outlined a strategy or resource mobilization, savingsand investment with the aim o reducing poverty within their amilies and communities.To build on the initial VwAG training, the primary goal o this research study was to investigate theuse and impact o mobile money services (e.g. M-PESA, YU and Zap), among the 21 women’s groups,as a tool or poverty reduction in Eastern Kenya.The methodology included in-depth interviews, ocus group discussion, participatory observations,review o secondary data and a dissemination workshop, which will be the ocus o this workingpaper.
IMTFI Working Paper 2011-2
Focus Group Discussion in Wamunyu, Kenya In-depth Interview in Thika, Kenya