Ingenico Group , a provider of seamless payment solutions, has reached a strategic fifty-thousand terminals landmark to serve the unbanked population and becomes the indisputable Financial Inclusion-enabler in Africa.
“This milestone is taking us to the forefront of the Financial Inclusion market in Africa where three quarter of the population is still unbanked,” commented Luciano Cavazzana, Eastern Europe & Africa Managing Director for Ingenico Group. “Through our technology, we address local challenges and seek to empower our end-customers to increase account ownership and broaden access to financial services. We are very pleased to celebrate this important landmark with FINCA.”
FINCA, a leading international Micro-finance Institution, is Ingenico Group’s long-term customer in the Micro-finance sector. To prevent fraud, FINCA equipped its agents with Ingenico biometric terminals to capture the applicants’ fingerprints during the enrollment and validate their identities through their finger scan prior to the loan disbursement. This program has been in continuous expansion in several African countries such as Malawi, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
“Building a secure financial ecosystem for the un(der)banked population is an enormous challenge,” explained Mike Gama-Lobo, Vice President and Regional Director Africa for FINCA.“Ingenico Group has proven its ability to adapt to local constraints through a single terminal. The Ingenico smart terminals are invaluable for our staff to enroll customers, offer micro-loans and help them keep their finances safe.”
The first Ingenico smart terminal for Financial Inclusion was introduced in Africa in 2008. Seven years later, Ingenico Group bolsters its position through an extended offering to support Branchless Banking, Micro-finance, Over-the-Counter (OTC) services and Mobile Money beyond the traditional cards payments.
FINCA Microfinance Holding Company (FMH) serves 1.8 million people in 23 countries with responsible and affordable financial services, including micro and small business loans, credit lines, savings, insurance, transactional services, and more. The majority shareholder of FMH is FINCA International, a Washington D.C. based not-for-profit organization with a mission to alleviate poverty through lasting solutions that help people build assets, create jobs and raise their standard of living.