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Gender Empowerment & Access to Financial Services in Machakos County, Eastern Kenya. Prof. Simiyu Wandibba; Stevie Nangendo, PhD University of Nairobi, Kenya Benson A. Mulemi, PhD Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya Presentation for the IMTFI’s Fourth Annual Conference

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Gender empowerment access to financial services in machakos county eastern kenya

Gender Empowerment & Access to Financial Services in Machakos County,Eastern Kenya

Prof. Simiyu Wandibba; Stevie Nangendo, PhD

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Benson A. Mulemi, PhD

Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya

Presentation for the IMTFI’s Fourth Annual Conference

University of California, Irvine, Dec 5-7, 2012


Outline
Outline Machakos County,

  • Introduction

  • Statement of the Problem

  • Research questions

  • Study objectives

  • Methodology: site & population

  • Sampling & Data collection

  • Preliminary results:

  • MMT/Banking access & coverage; Gender utilization barriers &patterns; MMT/M-Banking & Gender Empowerment; Access and perceived benefits; Consequences for gender relations.

  • Conclusion


Introduction
Introduction Machakos County,

Interest about access to financial services among the poor in marginal areas of low-income countries is increasing.

Mobile money transfer (MMT)services have the potential to increase financial inclusion in Kenya.

Competing providers: Safaricom Ltd (M-Pesa), Airtel Kenya Ltd. (Airtel money), Essar Telekom Kenya Ltd.(yuCash), Orange Kenya Ltd. (Orange money), PesaPoint, Tangaza & Mobikash partner with local Banks.


Statement of the problem
Statement of the Problem Machakos County,

  • New financial service technologies embody gender differences & are socio-cultural constructs like gender empowerment.

  • There are few studies on interlinkages between gender empowerment & financial inclusion in the banking institutions and MMTS in Kenya as in other low income countries.


Research questions
Research Questions Machakos County,

  • What business strategies do mobile financial platforms in the study region use?

  • How do MMT remittance & payment flows differ along gender lines in the study area?

  • What barriers do each gender face when using mobile money systems?

  • What m-banking/m-payment behaviors do men and women exhibit?

  • How do MMT services affect gender relations in the study region?


Study objectives
Study objectives Machakos County,

  • To analyze the business strategies of the mobile financial platforms in the study region.

  • To track remittance and payment flows along gender lines in the MMT systems.

  • To determine the barriers that each gender faces when using mobile money services.

  • To analyze the differences in MMT service use behaviors among men &women.

  • To determine how MMT services affect gender relations in the study region.


Methodology site population
Methodology: site & population Machakos County,

  • The research is being conducted in Machakos County in eastern Kenya.

  • Three administrative divisions covered: Kinanie/Mathatani, Kangundo & Matungulu.

  • Study population: men & woman 18 years of age & above; representatives of mobile money transfer systems/platforms.


Study site
Study site Machakos County,


Study site 2
Study site-2 Machakos County,


Sampling data collection
Sampling & Data collection Machakos County,

  • Purposive sampling: mobile phone owners/ MMT service users.

  • Targets 450 (75 male & 75 female) MMT users in 3 administrative divisions.

  • Instruments: interview guide/questionnaire

  • 255 respondents interviewed to date.

  • 6 focus group discussions to be held; 2 in each administrative division.

  • In-depth interviews with 3 key informants in each division to be conducted.


Preliminary results mmt banking access coverage
Preliminary Results: MMT/Banking access & Coverage Machakos County,

  • Concentrated in relatively high population density areas: townships, & shopping centers.

  • A majority of the respondents own mobile phones and have ever used MMT services; for 2-10 years.

  • Country-wide dominance of Safaricom ltd.(M-Pesa) replicated.

  • MMT in micro-entrepreneurship; small business loans transactions, domestic maintenance, payment of school fees & various bills


Gender utilization barriers patterns
Gender Machakos County,utilization barriers & patterns

  • Network delays, shortage of ‘float’ and fear of fraud or conmanship.

  • Lack of handsets, user registration & identification document inconvenience.

  • Women receive money more than men for small-scale business, family maintenance.

  • Women most recipients of MMT as support from spouses, sons & relatives away in towns.


Access perceived benefits
Access & perceived benefits Machakos County,

  • Convenient, affordable, accessible, instant way of accessing financial resources.

  • Convenient alternatives to banks and other financial transaction modes.

  • Fees charged on MMT transactions lower relative to bank charges.

  • Reduced waiting time relative to bank and other counter queues.


Figure 1 subscription market share per operator
Figure 1: % Subscription market Share per operator Machakos County,

Source: CCK, Operators’ Returns . 2012


Mmt m banking gender empowerment
MMT, M-Banking & Gender Machakos County,Empowerment

  • MMT part of ‘economy of affection’ & social capital among spouses; and in courtship relationships.

  • Boost household livelihood by supporting women’s businesses.

  • MMT pay for merchandise obtained on credit.

  • MMT/M-banking contribute to Women’s basic financial and social empowerment.

  • Facilitate women’s access to cash for family needs.


Consequences for gender relations
Consequences for Gender relations Machakos County,

Negative:

  • Role conflicts, strain & abdication, especially among men.

  • Suspicion and mistrust about real family income, misuse, and sources of remittances.

    Positive:

  • Strengthen kin & non-kin bonds through ready support for social & cultural events: e.g. funerals, parties & fundraising.

  • Improve family relations as women’s role in livelihood security efforts and financial participation increase.


Conclusion
Conclusion Machakos County,

  • Competing MMT & M-Banking platforms in Kenya coincide with growing interest in financial inclusion of the poor.

  • This trend has the potential to enhance livelihood, but it is necessary to analyze and evaluate the implications of gender financial empowerment on the social lives of the targeted poor people.

  • The relevance of mobile financial platforms’ business strategies to sustainable financial inclusion and social development is essential.


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