John Gitau, CEO of Kenya Financial Education Centre, writes on the Center for Financial Inclusion blog about “the important contribution religion is making and its potential in advancing financial capability among the poor it so effortlessly reaches.” Larry Reed shared his own observations and some historical context for religion and financial inclusion in the comments. What do you think?
> Posted by John Gitau, CEO, Kenya Financial Education Centre
I was once a seminarian. Had I followed that path successfully, I would most probably be a Catholic bishop today. I blame my wife for the failure, though she never admits it. She instead boasts of 27 years of successful marriage complete with two adults and a teenager as offspring. She says, in jest, that marriage is celibacy tweaked. I don’t like her bravado, especially when she recalls how she crafted the fall that felled me. Before you can throw a stone at her, know that we always unite against a common enemy.
During my seminary days and perhaps since time immemorial, religion was about preparing the soul for eternal life. It is a way of life, complete with doctrines, laws, dogmas, liturgies, beliefs, and ethos, all meant to cultivate spirituality. Most religions profess the existence of a deity and…
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