• 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?

    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

  • Foundation set to launch Zambezi Prize

    Mastercard Foundation set to launch the second edition of the Zambezi Prize

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  • [BLOG] Innovation doesn't have to be disruptive

    It is clear that technology is changing the landscape of financial services in rural Africa.

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  • Ghana 2017 Information Workshop

    The Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity conducted its Ghana information workshop for the 2017/2018 rolling competition in Accra, Ghana on Tuesday, July 18 2017.

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  • [BLOG] The Fund has just launched its 2017 competition

    The Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity Searches for Innovative, New and Scalable Solutions for the Rural Poor.

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