Colombia and Washington forums feature MABS Mobile Phone Banking initiative

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Microenterprise Access to Banking Services (MABS) Program shared its pioneering expertise on mobile phone banking in a series of forums and conferences in Colombia and Washington in January 2009.

A downpour of blessings from dry goods retailing

MEET OUR CLIENT: Anunciacion Santillan In 1999, Anunciacion Santillan used a mere folding bed along the sidewalk as display area for the dry goods she sold. Back then, life was not easy – she and her husband worked hard but still earned barely enough for their family. Less than a decade later, she now owns [...]

From Rags to Reaching New Heights through Mobile Payments – Hazel the Seamstress

Hazel is a seamstress at Bibota Industries, a garments shop that began many years ago making rags that sold at 2 US cents per piece.

Mobile Money Expands Pizza Business

Mrs. Sheila Milan owns W’s Pizza, a pizza parlor with branches in three Mindanao towns (Cantilan, Madrid, and Tandag). In March 2007, Sheila, a borrower and depositor of Cantilan Bank since 2005, agreed to become a bank partner-merchant and started accepting GCASH from her customers. Since then, Sheila has seen her sales expand because of [...]