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  • A market trader uses her mobile phone for online banking.

    Our long-term ambitions

    Lifting participation

    Unleashing the financial potential of women and small businesses

Inequality, along with gaps in economic inclusion, means that many young people, women and small businesses struggle to gain access to the financial system to save for their futures and grow their businesses. We want to democratise wealth management and make it easily accessible at low cost.

We strive to expand the reach and scale of financial services – opening up accessible banking and connecting clients to opportunities that promote access to finance and economic inclusion.

Lifting participation in Ghana

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