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Fintech Projects: Nigeria’s Informal Cross Border Payment Flows

For an American startup, we crafted a market entry strategy for a digital payments solution. The Problem: Little or no research has been conducted to measure Nigeria’s informal cross border payment flows – whether by merchants and traders, or by economic migrants from neighbouring countries. Official statistics capture only the formal economy, rendering a skewed […]

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Fintech Projects: Merchant Reputation Management Solution for Social Commerce

For a British startup we designed a reputation ranking system based on a payment gateway Social media platforms such as Facebook Groups and WhatsApp are rapidly emerging as informal marketplaces in African markets such as Nigeria and Kenya. Expanding the conventional definition of e-commerce, these enterprising merchants engage and build communities of followers who are […]

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Fintech Projects: A Business Productivity Tool embedded in a Marketplace App

For a Finnish startup, we designed a business productivity tool embedded in a marketplace app The Problem: Traders in the informal markets were dependent on handwritten sales logs, and their own memory to track inventory and sales data, often bypassing the effort to calculate their cash flow patterns and profitability. At the same time, there […]

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Borderland Biashara: East Africa’s Informal Trade Ecosystem

Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) was established with the aim of growing sustainable, inclusive prosperity in East Africa through trade. They believe that this will require significant investments in working to expand, and potentially formalise, informal trade. We were requested to deliver insights to support the design of their second phase of operations, viz. To […]

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Household Finances in Rural & Informal Markets

What insights can we derive from observing and understanding how those at the BoP currently manage their household budgets to inspire new transaction models or pricing strategies for businesses wishing to serve the poor more effectively, yet profitably? Selected in 2008 Small Grants competition conducted by iBoP Asia Project to conduct exploratory research in rural […]

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