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The State of Digital Microfinance in Bangladesh

Abstract

The Microfinance industry in Bangladesh is growing amidst renewed competition from the banking sector and new agent banking initiatives. As the industry tackles challenges of high cost of borrowings and expansion of business, digitization of transactions is gradually starting to take precedence.

Digitizing transaction has the potential to reduce cost components, increase efficiency and streamline operations, which would allow microfinance institutions to deliver greater value to their clients. Just a 15% increase in transaction digitization would positively affect the lives of close to 4.5 million women borrowers.

Digitization of transactions would not only help microfinance institutions increase efficiency but potentially reduce interest rates and cost of borrowing for its underprivileged borrowers.

This study was produced and published with the support of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and focuses on the current state of digitization and the unexplored opportunities in the microfinance industry. 

LightCastle Partners

LightCastle creates data-driven opportunities for growth and lasting impact for development partners, corporations, startups and SMEs. Till date, we have consulted for 120+ corporations & development partners, collaborated with 300+ SMEs & startups and supported 20+ accelerator programs across Bangladesh.

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