• 2017 COMPETITION

    A new format competition has been launched with the first of four application deadlines on August 10 2017

    APPLY NOW

  • 2017 COMPETITION

    A new format competition has been launched with the first of four application deadlines on August 10 2017

    APPLY NOW

  • 2017 COMPETITION

    A new format competition has been launched with the first of four application deadlines on August 10 2017

    APPLY NOW

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  • 2017 COMPETITION

    The 2017 competition will follow a ‘rolling’ format. Businesses can apply for financial support to develop, test and/or scale up existing and proven financial products, services or processes with the potential of improving the lives of rural people in Sub Saharan Africa.

    LEARN ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
  • What is The Fund?

    The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity is a US$50 million challenge fund to extend financial services to people living in poverty. Read More
  • Why The Fund?

    Sub-Saharan Africa is growing rapidly but the pattern of growth has increased inequality and not led to substantial poverty reduction. Read More
  • How will The Fund help?

    The Fund will ensure 1,000,000 people in rural Africa have access to appropriate savings, credit and insurance services. Read More
  • Past Competition Winners

    The Fund selected 14 business projects to support from the 2015 Innovation and Scaling Competitions.

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The majority of rural households in Sub-Saharan Africa remain financially excluded. Over 70 percent of these families derive a large portion of their income from agricultural activities. Many financial service providers lack the knowledge and capacity to develop appropriate products and services that would enable the rural poor and smallholder farmers to become financially included.

What's happening

  • New Funding Opportunity for Financial Services Providers

    The Fund Launches New Funding Opportunity for Financial Services Providers to Improve the Lives of Poor People in Rural Africa

  • Emerging Trends in Digital Delivery of Agri-finance

    A base level of digital finance penetration is often taken for granted and bidders are getting imaginative about how to build new structures on these digital foundations…

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  • Mobile Money Shifting Gears For Smallholder Finance In Africa

    The adoption of mobile financing options have far reaching benefits

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  • [BLOG] FinTech Providers Leveraging Digital and Mobile To Reach Customers

    The Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab of The MasterCard Foundation has analysed the Fund’s 2015 Scaling Competition and has some great insights.

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