OneLoad facilitates financial services for small merchants in Pakistan through its micro-retailer digitisation and payment platform. The foundation invested in OneLoad to scale its interoperable airtime and cash-in, cash-out services among low-income retailers and consumers. Press Release
Program Areas: Financial Services for the Poor
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in OneLoad, a Pakistani tech firm that facilitates small shops through its micro-retailer digitisation and payment platform
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in a Pakistani tech firm that facilitates small shops through its micro-retailer digitisation and payment platform…OneLoad is one of the largest mass market financial access platforms in the country that enable its Read More
Avanti Finance Private Limited is a Non-Banking Financial Company and financial technology platform in India focused on enabling financial inclusion and sustainable livelihoods through improved access to affordable, livelihoods-purpose credit for unbanked and low-income populations across the country. The foundation Read More
M-KOPA is a Nairobi-based, off-grid solar energy company, which makes residential power systems affordable and accessible to low-income, off-grid customers through a mobile payment-based lease-to-own model.
Through its mobile payments platform, bKash helps to ensure access to a broader range of financial services for the people of Bangladesh.
Bloomberg: Why Bill Gates is investing in mobile banking
January 25, 2016 Bill Gates sat down with Bloomberg to discuss how mobile banking supports global development. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is an investor in Bkash, a mobile banking platform in Bangladesh. Watch the full video here.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Making Markets Work for the Poor
The Stanford Social Innovation Review explores how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation uses strategic investments for social impact. Read the full report here. Chapters: Philanthropy’s New Tools for Innovation and Impact Leveraging the Balance Sheet Neglected No More Unintended Read More
The New York Times: From the Gates Foundation, direct investment, not just grants
By Sarah Max March 12, 2015 The Ebola crisis underscored a problem that vexes experts in global health: Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective ways to save lives, especially in developing countries, yet traditional vaccines can take years to develop. So Read More
Press Release: M-KOPA solar brightens off grid solar market
M-KOPA February 6, 2014 M-KOPA Solar is today announcing that it has closed its most recent round of funding, raising US$ 20 million (Ksh 1.72 Bn) to fund expansion of their customer base from 50,000 homes to one million homes Read More