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Punji ki Kunji: Engaging with MFI Clients to Change their Lives

Punji ki Kunji: Engaging with MFI Clients to Change their Lives

by Vani Viswanathan Gaurang wants to know what is the process for getting a loan from a Microfinance Institution. Radha wonders why nearly one month since her application for a loan it hasn’t come through, while Komal asks why, when…

The people’s verdict: Aadhaar for midday meals – yay or nay?

The people’s verdict: Aadhaar for midday meals – yay or nay?

On February 28th 2017, the Indian government announced that students who wish to have midday meals in their government schools – a nationwide scheme targeted at increasing enrolment in schools – have to furnish their Aadhaar number or proof or…

Demonetisation: 100 days on, are we ready to go cashless?

Demonetisation: 100 days on, are we ready to go cashless?

Not yet, say results of a Mobile Vaani survey conducted in Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. Over time, the purported agenda for demonetisation shifted from capturing black money to putting India on a firm road towards cashless, accounted-for transactions. Phone…

Our view on the use of ICTs for development

Our view on the use of ICTs for development

ICTs for development have evolved through several stages. The very first stage in the mid-2000s was marked with hyped optimism that merely provisioning technology could work wonders by democratizing communication. However, the late 2000s forced a reality check with the…

OnionDev in a GSMA casestudy

OnionDev in a GSMA casestudy

We are very proud that the GSMA has published a case study and blog about our work. This reinforces our vision of using the mass reach created by Mobile Vaani to build a marketplace of life impacting value added services…

Mobile Vaani in CSR

Mobile Vaani in CSR

Ever since the Companies Act, 2013, which mandates medium and large companies to contribute 2 percent of their profits towards corporate social responsibility (CSR), the corporations’ engagement of CSR has been evolving. In order to maximise the overall impact on…

Campaign on Financial Inclusion With Micro Save

Campaign on Financial Inclusion With Micro Save

As India steps into its 70th year of Independence, a large section of the country’s population still remains unbanked. This malaise of inefficient financial inclusion has led generations of financial instability and pauperism among the lower income group who do not have…

Empowering Women Through Electoral Participation

Empowering Women Through Electoral Participation

In the 2014 General Elections, 7577 male contestants stood for elections and 481 of them got elected. The number of female contestants in comparison to men was astonishingly low at 668 and the female contests elected were a mere 62….