Oradian’s innovative cloud system in West Africa empowers the microfinance community

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>>Authored by Vedrana Legovic, marketing and communications officer of Oradian

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Vedrana Legovic

Last month, we travelled to Abu Dhabi for the 18th Microcredit Summit, which hosted a number of microfinance and financial inclusion experts from around the world. The summit explored new and effective ways in advancing financial inclusion and featured successes in Africa and the Middle East. One of those success stories is certainly that of Oradian, and we are honoured that the Microcredit Summit Campaign recognised the impact of our work in West Africa. By using our latest cloud-based technology, services, and domain expertise in that region, we increase efficiency and effectiveness of microfinance institutions (MFIs).

We had the opportunity to attend inspiring plenary and breakout sessions and be a part of the arena where so many great ideas were shared. Oradian’s co-founder and managing director, Antonio Separovic, spoke at the “Innovative Products and Services for Financial Inclusion” panel. Oradian creates technology (SaaS software) for MFIs. With our technology, we remove complexity, empower our users, and enable their growth because most of them still use pen and paper.

Antonio discussed Oradian’s experience in enabling ‪‎ MFIs to advance financial inclusion by using our innovative technology. More specifically, he shared our story about empowering microfinance communities in some of the most remote rural areas in Nigeria, our core market, where we have had impressive results with local MFIs in applying our multi-award winning software, Instafin, to their operations.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Oradian’s Core Microfinance System Instafin awarded to one lucky MFI

Antonio handing the Oradian winner certificate to the representative of Vicoba Village Community Bank from Tanzania

Antonio Separaovic, managing director of Oradian, hands the Oradian winner certificate to the representative of Vicoba Village Community Bank from Tanzania

We had the privilege of partnering with the 18th Microcredit Summit. On the second day of the summit, we held a raffle in which one lucky MFI, Vicoba Village Community Bank from Tanzania, won a 9-month pilot to use our Core Microfinance System – Instafin along with all the training and support.

As Instafin is very easy to implement, we are happy to be able to offer such pilots and we look forward to awarding a similar prize next year. Commenting on the Summit, Antonio Separovic, managing director at Oradian said:

Attending the 18th Microcredit Summit was truly a rewarding experience. We received excellent feedback from attendees and were delighted to join other participants and delegates in so many motivating discussions that highlighted the importance of innovation in financial inclusion. We’re grateful for many opportunities that arose from an inspiring networking environment. I would say the Oradian team is now even more excited to continue working on our mission — to empower the delivery of financial services to the underserved and unbanked. Needless to say, we are already looking forward to the next year’s event.

How we empower MFIs with Instafin

Microfinance institutions in Africa offer both loans and savings, but they operate in outdated technical environments. This creates a struggle with day-to-day operations and, more often than not, causes confusion and uncertainty.

This is where Oradian steps in. Our SaaS Instafin is changing the way MFIs in developing markets operate, enabling them to serve the most rural clients affordably and efficiently. Specifically designed for financial institutions servicing the base of the socio-economic pyramid, Instafin is the world’s first true core microfinance platform, designed by experienced practitioners.

Oradian’s role in women’s empowerment

This year’s summit discussions highlighted once again that microfinance incentives provide much needed access to financial resources that are crucial to the people at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid, among whom women comprise the majority. Women have earned the reputation of being more financially responsible regarding investment, savings, and paying back loans in time. This makes them key drivers for sustainable development and a prime focus of microfinance institutions.

Our customer using Instafin

An Oradian customer using Instafin

By using our technology, the process of delivering microfinance services is more affordable and efficient for MFIs. Instafin is easy to implement and use, which results in savings in costs and time. Having in mind that over 90 percent of Oradian’s end clients are women, it is necessary to recognise the role we play in enabling women to access financial services.

Where is Oradian in advancing financial inclusion in West Africa

We are honoured to have had the opportunity to attend so many inspiring speeches at the Summit and engage in thoughtful discussions, with focus on financial inclusion strategies.

While it is a far stretch to claim that financial inclusion guarantees to bring people out of poverty, having access to financial services is the first step and microfinance institutions are at the forefront of providing these services. Without a doubt financial services help individuals to reach their economic potential, invest in opportunities, and start small businesses or expand them.

In order to advance the financial inclusion efforts, we need to develop an open ecosystem for financial inclusion. Our philosophy is that technology should support a platform that nurtures both our customers as well as a vibrant third party marketplace of solution providers. The Oradian Ecosystem is how we grow and drive change for our customers — now and into the future.

We are committed to increasing financial inclusion in West Africa, given the global demand and scalability of Oradian’s products and services, we are also developing regional partnerships and planning roll-out across the rest of Africa. Our goal is to enable MFIs to extend financial services to 100,000,000 underserved families, touching the lives of half a billion people globally.

About Vedrana Legovic

Trained Internet Marketing Specialist, with MA in Marketing Management and background in journalism, Vedrana has been working in the digital media industry for 8 years. She focuses on social media and content marketing. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

Musoni commits to help MFIs measure poverty

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The Microcredit Summit Campaign welcomes Musoni Services as the newest Campaign Commitment maker, joining a global coalition of 56 other commitment makers working to help 100 million families lift themselves out of extreme poverty. The Microcredit Summit Campaign’s 100 Million Project is building a movement among financial service stakeholders committed to helping to end extreme poverty through: public statements of commitment to action, expanding practices to reliably measure movement out of extreme poverty, and promoting innovations and best practices to accelerate movement out of poverty.

Musoni commits to the following by the end of 2015:

  • To integrate the PPI Scorecards into the Musoni System enabling MFIs to easily capture and analyse social performance data
  • To integrate the PPI Scorecards onto the Musoni tablet app making it possible for field officers to capture PPI data remotely, in both offline and online mode
  • To develop the core PPI Reports and add directly to the Musoni System for all MFIs to benefit
  • To encourage at least five of the MFIs using the Musoni System to start capturing PPI data, with the goal of capturing PPI data for over 50,000 entrepreneurs

Musoni commits to the following by the end of 2016:

  • To encourage at least fifteen of the MFIs using the Musoni System to start capturing PPI data, with the goal of capturing PPI data for over 150,000 entrepreneurs

Cameron Goldie-Scot, CEO of Musoni Services:

“Musoni Services is honoured to join the Microcredit Summit Campaign and excited to be part of a movement helping to lift 100 million families out of poverty. The Musoni System gives MFIs the infrastructure they need to reduce their costs, improve their efficiency and to drive financial inclusion into rural areas where the majority of the unbanked live. End-clients benefit from increased security and flexibility, and in-time lower interest rates that MFIs using the Musoni System are able to offer. At Musoni, we fundamentally believe in increasing the amount of social performance measurement in the industry, which is why we have committed to including the PPI Surveys as standard in the Musoni System. By making it as easy as possible to capture and analyse PPI data, we aim to encourage MFIs to focus more on their social impact, and also improve our understanding of the impact microfinance has on reducing poverty.”

The Campaign looks forward to welcoming this new partner in the global coalition and sharing their progress towards the Commitment achievement at the 18th Microcredit Summit in 2015.

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Musoni Services

Musoni is a microfinance software company that supports MFIs with its innovative and award-winning microfinance platform, the Musoni System. Aside from the core system functionality (clients & groups, loans & savings, reporting, and accounting), Musoni is known for pioneering new technology in microfinance in order to improve efficiency and reduce costs, including mobile money (over 2 million MMT transactions processed), SMS reminders (over 1.8 million SMS messages sent) and tablet apps (over 35,000 loans processed digitally). As a result of pioneering new technology in microfinance, over the last three years the Musoni team has won multiple awards, including the award for ‘most innovative use of technology’ at the Global Microfinance Awards (July 2011), and the Frost and Sullivan award for ‘Technology Leadership’ (August 2014). Most recently, an MFI using the Musoni System won the ‘Financial World Innovation Awards’ in London for their use of the Musoni app in Tanzania.


We invite you to join Musoni and…

Get Inspired. Set a Goal. Make a Commitment.

Join the movement to help 100 million families lift themselves out of extreme poverty:

The Mifos Initiative Commits to Expand Use of Poverty Measurement Tools

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Microfinance clients around the world will benefit from Mifos Initiative’s Campaign Commitment
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The Microcredit Summit Campaign welcomes the Mifos Initiative as the newest Campaign Commitment maker, joining a global coalition of 56 other commitment makers working to help 100 million families lift themselves out of extreme poverty. The Microcredit Summit Campaign’s 100 Million Project is building a movement among financial service stakeholders committed to helping to end extreme poverty through: public statements of commitment to action, expanding practices to reliably measure movement out of extreme poverty, and promoting innovations and best practices to accelerate movement out of poverty.

MIFOS LogoCraig Chelius, executive director of the Mifos Initiative, views the 100 Million Project as a way to contribute to ending extreme poverty by committing to fully integrating the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) into the open source Mifos X Platform for Financial Inclusion. “The Mifos Initiative produces a transformative impact that dramatically expands the reach and scale of financial inclusion providers via a free and open source cloud-based core banking system. Providing financial services to the poor is a proven method to help permanently end poverty and to that end, we are thrilled to partner with the Microcredit Summit Campaign and to publish our 2015 commitment.”

The Mifos Initiative commits to the following by the end of 2015:

Ensure that the PPI and other social performance management frameworks can be captured and analyzed as an integral part of the client workflow in the Mifos X platform:

  • PPI Integration – Full integration of the Progress out of Poverty Index within the Mifos X platform with support for capturing the Progress out of Poverty Index scorecards for all 56 countries within our cloud-based Mifos X Community App.
  • PPI Reports – Develop and release 5 standard reports which contain the most relevant and high-value analysis of the PPI data captured in Mifos X.

Ensure that social performance management (SPM) is a focus of our community and we provide the resources and education to help our customers adopt SPM through our partner channel:

  • PPI Adoption – Commit to ensuring at least 6 customers on the Mifos X platform are implementing the PPI as part of their social performance management strategy.
  • PPI Training – Commit to getting at least three of our Mifos Certified Partners trained and registered as PPI trainers listed on the Grameen Foundation directory of trainers.

The Mifos Initiative commits to the following by the end of 2016:

  • Support capturing PPI scorecard data via mobile forms on Android-based smartphones through our Mifos X Android app.
  • Complete the development of our Client Impact Portal with drill-down and roll-up social performance management data including the PPI.

The Campaign looks forward to welcoming this new partner in the global coalition and sharing their progress towards the Commitment achievement at the 18th Microcredit Summit in 2015.

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The Microcredit Summit Campaign
The Microcredit Summit Campaign (the “Campaign”), a project of RESULTS Educational  Fund, is the largest global network of institutions and individuals involved in microfinance and is committed to two important goals: 1) reaching 175 million of the world’s poorest families with microfinance and 2) helping 100 million families lift themselves out of extreme poverty. The 100 Million Project, focusing on Goal 2, was launched in response to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s call to end extreme poverty by 2030 and in recognition that full financial inclusion can only be achieved by targeting the extreme poor. The coalition of Campaign members announcing Commitments is aimed at motivating microfinance stakeholders to provide products and services that reach the extreme poor and facilitate their movement out of poverty.

The Mifos Initiative
The Mifos Initiative is a US-based non-profit that stewards the development of the open source Mifos X Platform for Financial Inclusion and its global ecosystem of volunteers and donors, technology partners, and client financial institutions. Its mission is to empower financial institutions in developing countries to bring affordable, responsible financial services to the nearly 3 billion people on the planet who currently do not have formal access.

Contact Information
Sabina Rogers
Microcredit Summit Campaign
rogers[at]microcreditsummit.org
+1 (202) 637-9600


Join the Mifos Initiative in stating YOUR Campaign Commitment!