Viewpoint: The Importance of Digital Microfinance for Emerging Markets in a COVID-19 World
By Andrée Simon
The coronavirus pandemic has transformed how we go about life and business in unprecedented ways. The world’s low-income individuals, who are largely based in areas just beginning to enter the worst of the pandemic, are disproportionately affected. Oxfam warns that more than half a billion people could be pushed into poverty as a result of COVID-19’s economic impact. Most microfinance clients work in the informal sector and have little savings to fall back on in times of need – to meet daily food demands or to find ways to support themselves and their families.
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